The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

By L W Maher Jacqueline Riding, The Story of the Manchester Massacre: Peterloo Foreword by Mike Leigh (An Apollo Book - Head of Zeus, 2018) On 16 August 1819, a very large number of men, women and children, estimated to be more than 60,000, assembled at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. There were farm labourers, weavers, factory... Continue Reading →

CICD 60th anniversary celebrations

A notice from the Congress for International Cooperation and Disarmament  (CICD): CICD 60th anniversary celebrations - Sun 10/11, 2-5pm - Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. On 10 November 2019 CICD will celebrate 60 years of active campaigning on peace and nuclear disarmament, social justice and much more... We'd like to invite you... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Freedom of Speech: Fiftieth anniversary of the 1968 papal ban on birth control

Book launch Authors: Val Noone, Robert Crotty, Des Cahill, Joe Broderick, Michael Costigan and voices from an Open Forum MC: Catherine Noone. Welcome: Brian Shanahan, Celtic Club president Speakers: Mary Sheehan, professional historian; Eric Hodgens, retired priest 2.30 pm Sunday 6 October 2019 Celtic Club at The Metropolitan, 36 Courtney Street, North Melbourne Twelve months... Continue Reading →

ON THE MARGINS

By Rowan Cahill An overview of the work of Iain McIntyre, and a review of his anthology, On the Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879-1941. Melbourne-based left activist Iain McIntyre is many things, most recently a doctoral graduate with a thesis, and potential book, dealing with environmental direct action between 1979 and 1990 in Australia,... Continue Reading →

John Ellis

By Peter Love Our long-time comrade and radical activist John Ellis has died at home with Dianne by his side. It’s said that you’re not dead ‘til you’re forgotten. If so, it’ll take a long time for John to go. We remember his memoirs of a busy life as a PKIU workplace activist in Flinders... Continue Reading →

Vale Darce Cassidy (1941-2019) – Journalist, Agitator, Organiser

Ken Mansell Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of the foremost left-wing agitators of his generation. Jon’s upbringing was privileged. His father Ralph Cassidy, tragically killed on RAAF service in 1942, was a barrister from a poor Irish background tinged with ‘Orange’ sectarianism. His mother Audrey Cassidy scrimped and saved to... Continue Reading →

Sally McManus: On Fairness

Book Review by Janet McCalman Sally McManus, On Fairness (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2019). 9780522874853 (pbk) 9780522874860 (ebook) 100 pp. This is a little book not only of big ideas but of immense passion and relevance. It could not be more timely, as the world staggers under the burden of ever-increasing unfairness and inequality, a burden... Continue Reading →

Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship

Applications are open for the Rae and George Hammer Memorial Visiting Research Fellowship. The fellowship is to support students from universities outside of Brisbane who are undertaking an Honours, Masters or PhD program to access the primary collections held in The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library. Up to $2,500 is available to support accommodation and... Continue Reading →

The Red North: Book Launch

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 →

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