Wednesday 11 February 2015
5-6 pm, Junior Common Room
Thursday 12 February 2015
6-11 pm, Eakins Foyer & Junior Common Room
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.
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN MELBOURNE:
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
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 email@example.com or download the flyer.
THE PROCESS: A PLAY ABOUT REFUGEES IN FIVE DUBIOUS ACTS – BY IAN ROBINSON
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: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=116297
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?
Rugcutters – Live Jazz Party: Thursday nights at the Trades Hall,7.15pm – 11pm
Hellenic Museum 2015 Summer Cinema, Saturday nights from 6pm
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Sunday Market
Melbourne Town Hall Tours, Monday-Fridays
Those arriving in town the week before can catch the last performances of the Midsumma Festival. There are also bike tours, garden tours, and much more. Go to What’s on in Melbourne for a large list of events and activities.