Social Activities/Events of Interest

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Welcome Drinks

Wednesday 11 February 2015

5-6 pm, Junior Common Room


Conference Dinner

Thursday 12 February 2015

6-11 pm, Eakins Foyer & Junior Common Room

526696_352615621465406_113041018756202_959430_1286762406_nMC: Peter Love

Music by the Victorian Trade Union Choir

Awarding of Prizes (Ferguson Prize, Gollan Prize and the Labour History Prize) by Nikki Balnave and the Hon. Laurie Ferguson, MHR.


Tour of the Melbourne Cemetery

Friday 13 February 2015

4-5:30pm, meet in Eakins Foyer

Albert Littler, Chair of the Labour Historic Graves Committee, and Peter Love will conduct a brief walking tour of Eight Hour Day pioneers’ graves, across the road in the Melbourne General Cemetery. James Galloway’s grave, for example, is a remarkable tribute to the esteem in which the 1856 leaders were held, as well as a fine example of the stonemason’s craft. They are some of our movement’s sacred sites. Bring a camera.


The anti-conscription campaign during World War 1: an exhibition

University of Melbourne Archives, Cultural Collections reading room, third floor, Baillieu LIbrary, University of Melbourne (9:00 am – 05:30 pm), 11-13 February 2015.

To coincide with the 2015 Australian Labour History conference, held at Queen’s College, University of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne Archives will be showcasing their records of the campaign against conscription during World War One. Highlights include the minute books of regional anti-conscription committees and the Melbourne Trades Hall Council, original posters and printing blocks from the campaign and more. Exhibit organised by Katie Wood and Liam Byrne.


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.





Exhibition at Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

12 January 2015 to 25 February 2015

First World War Women Working for Peace in Melbourne, 1914-1919

Contact Geraldine from Women’s Web for details

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre


Book Talk @NIBS

10 February 2015

John Tully will give a talk on his 2014 book, Silvertown – The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labour Movement  on Tuesday 10 February at the New International Bookshop (basement of Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, 6:45pm for 7pm start).

Silvertown was reviewed by Terry Irving in our July 2014 edition of Recorder, which you can read here; also worth reading is Irving’s comment on John Tully’s book and the value of partisan/materialist history, which was re-blogged by the Monthly Review Press.

Admission $10/$5 students, unemployed and pensioners. For more information contact the New International Bookshop on (03) 9662 3744 or at or download the flyer.



Wednesday 4 – Sunday 15 February 2015

Franz Kafka’s second novel, Der Process, was published posthumously in 1925 and is best known in the English-speaking world as The Trial. It has been observed that the plight of refugees is similar to that of “K” in Kafka’s novel. In this new tragi-comedy by Ian Robinson, a refugee arrives in Australia by boat and is interviewed by an Immigration Officer and then a Lawyer, who both give him little hope for his future. Meanwhile, Immigration Ministers from the successive Labor and Liberal governments try to justify their draconian refugee policies. After many months in detention, the desperation of his situation has a catastrophic effect on the refugee. La Mama, Faraday Street, Carlton. Wed 6:00 pm; Thurs – Sat 7:30 pm; Sun 4:00 pm. Tix:


Richard Avedon People

Saturday 6 Dec 2014 to Sunday 15 Mar 2015

A National Portrait Gallery of Australia exhibition presented in partnership with the Richard Avedon Foundation, New York. Curated by Christopher Chapman.

American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his iconic portrait making practice, which was distinctive for its honesty, candour and frankness. Visit the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne for details.


What else is on in Melbourne in mid-February?

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