South of the border, Queensland may be better known for the reactionary Joh Bjelke-Petersen regime of the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently as the centre of Pauline Hanson’s racist One Nation Party. Yet in the 1930s and 1940s, the ‘Red North’ — the area north from Mackay to Cairns — developed as the single... Continue Reading →
By Rowan Cahill* A review of Michael Quinlan, The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 (Routledge: NY and Oxon, 2018). In the tradition of E. P. Thompson, redolent of the work of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, Michael Quinlan’s The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 is magisterial and exhaustive. ‘Magisterial’ because it is... Continue Reading →
Serenading Adela: A Street Opera 7 January 2018, World Premiere and Centenary Performance: WHEN: From 6pm, Sunday 7 January 2018. WHERE: Pentridge courtyard (Entrance through the Champ Street Coburg archway). Meet our Unruly Mob at 6pm and march with them to Pentridge, where the Street Opera will commence at 6.30pm. WHAT: The World Premiere of our full Street Opera. FLYER: Serenading Poster for Pentridge TICKETS? Entry is free, but please book so we can send you details of the march, of wet-weather options; and have enough chairs. Click here to book! IF BOOKED OUT Please register for the waiting list, so you will be notified if spaces become free, or be offered standing room (1 hour show).
Terry Irving We’ve just come back, Sue and I, from four weeks in France and Spain, a very different holiday from our usual. Without a car, we walked a lot, in small towns and suburbs away from the main tourist attractions. And we discovered something tourism is not designed to reveal: traces of the collapse... Continue Reading →
Frank Bongiorno* The eminent historian, Hugh Anderson, died on 3 March 2017 at the age of 90. He leaves us with an enduring legacy, a prodigious body of work, and his collection of materials which led to the creation of the Radical Collection at Victoria University. A public celebration of his life was held at University House, University of... Continue Reading →
NO WAY BUT THIS: IN SEARCH OF PAUL ROBESON by Jeff Sparrow To be launched by TONY BIRCH Venue BELLA UNION Cnr Victoria St & Lygon St Carlton Date THURSDAY 16TH MARCH Time 5:30 FOR 6PM RSVP Friday 10th March to email@example.com or (03) 9388 8787 or online Paul Robeson was an actor and performer, a... Continue Reading →
Call for Papers Brisbane, 23-25 September 2017 Convened by the Brisbane Labour History Association (BLHA) on behalf of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH) Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent... Continue Reading →
Book Review of When We Were Young & Foolish, by Greg Sheridan, Allen and Unwin, 2015. By Brian Boyd Putting aside the persistent name-dropping, describing himself as the “hero” of his own memoir on more than one occasion and the desperation to be seen in a good light, on every second page, this book is... Continue Reading →