Registrations have now closed.

The conference will be held at Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015.

Keynote speakers for the 14th biennial Labour History conference are Professors Verity Burgmann, Marilyn Lake, and Bruce Scates.

The conference is supported by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the National Tertiary Education Union,Swinburne University, the University of Melbourne,Victoria University, and the Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation.

Honest History, a “coalition of historians and others supporting the balanced and honest presentation and use of Australian history during the centenary of World War I” will be represented at the conference. Also represented is the ANZAC Centenary Peace Coalition. To read about their upcoming event “Peace in Australia: the untold story” click here. The New International Bookshop, the Australia East Timor Association, and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) will have a table at the conference.

There will be 80 papers presented primarily on the overarching theme of the conference – “fighting against war”. They cover peace activism across a broad range of fronts in the numerous wars and conflicts in which Australia has participated in the twentieth century. There will also be several papers on broader labour history themes. Conference abstracts are available here.

To download the Conference Poster (A3), click here. A large higher resolution file can be downloaded from here.Our thanks to Kira Brown for its design and Victor Gordon for the artwork that the design uses.

The closest pub to the conference venue is The Clyde Hotel, 385 Cardigan Street, Carlton (a 7 minute walk). You can see a google map with walking directions here.



The conference sessions will be held in the Lade (South Wing), Stafford and Junior Common (Eakins Hall) rooms at Queen’s College. If you need any help during the conference someone will be able to help you at the registration desk in Eakins Foyer. Click here to download a map of the buildings in the College.


Session Times

The Conference will open for registrations at 9 am on Wednesday 11 February. Tea and coffee will be available for delegates. The first sessions begin at 9:30 am. Morning tea is at 11-11:30am, lunch is at 1-2:00pm, and afternoon tea from 3:30-4pm. The final sessions finish at 5:30pm.


Additional Conference Information can be found through the links below


Keynote speakers

Travel Options and Parking

Accommodation Options

Information for speakers

Social Activities/Events of Interest

Conference Abstracts

Proceedings of the 14th Biennial Labour History Conference

Melbourne Weather forecasts (unpredictable but presumably hot)

Call for Papers (archived)



General enquiries can be sent via the form below:

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Conference convenors: Phillip Deery and Julie Kimber ; Conference committee: Liam Bryne, Peter Love, Sean Scalmer ; External adviser: Frank Bongiorno.

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