Annual General Meetings of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MELBOURNE BRANCH The annual meeting of the Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017, at the Victorian Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The AGM will include reports, election of office-bearers and general business. Please send all enquiries and items for the agenda to... Continue Reading →

Now what? — 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Join Bea Campbell, UK author, playwright, filmmaker, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster, in debating current politics in Melbourne, Saturday 11 November. In a wide-ranging address, Bea will explore the various forms of inequality today; realistic strategies towards an egalitarian and just society; the meaning of socialism in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution; the... Continue Reading →

VINTAGE RED

by Rowan Cahill There is a vast amount of material, published and otherwise, relating to the history of the Communist Party of Australia/CPA (1920-1991). Examination of the footnotes to Stuart Macintyre’s first volume of the history of the CPA, The Reds (1998), attests to this, as does familiarity with the two resource bibliographies of CPA... Continue Reading →

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by Rowan Cahill Back in the 1980s, the autodidact bookseller Bob Gould pressed a book into my hands, as was his way whenever I visited the Aladdin’s Cave rabbit warrens of his Sydney bookshop. “Comrade, you’ve got to read this”, usually his way of recommending the latest or neglected anti-Stalinist publication. This time it was... Continue Reading →

Democratic Opposition to War The 1916-17 anti-conscription campaigns: Impacts and legacies

Conference: 20 May 2017, 9am-4.30pm, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 2017 marks the centenary of the defeat of the 1917 conscription plebiscite. During 1917, in the midst of the war, Australian anti-conscription campaigners succeeded in defeating the introduction of conscription for a second time. This was a unique example of popular opposition to conscription in the countries engaged in WW1,... Continue Reading →

Vale Sigrid McCausland

Frank Bongiorno   Many of us owe a very great debt to Dr Sigrid McCausland, whose untimely death on 30 November 2016 has been widely mourned by her many friends and colleagues in the archival and historical communities. The biographical notes at the end of Light from the Tunnel, a history of the Noel Butlin... Continue Reading →

History and the Working Class Now: the Collective Impulse, Tumult and Democracy

Terry Irving Terry Irving was invited to address the Sydney Historical Research Network in March 2017, as part of a session on ‘Histories of Class Now’. The other speakers were Hannah Forsyth and Elizabeth Humphrys. Each of them was asked to say something about their current research. A revised version of his address, followed by... Continue Reading →

Hinterland: A Memoir

John Myrtle  Review of Chris Mullin, Hinterland: A Memoir (London: Profile Books, 2016), pp. 271. £20 cloth There is something unusual about a politician who when preselected for parliament would be described as ‘a certifiable lunatic’ by his party leader; and who some years later would be labelled by Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper as a... Continue Reading →

North on Cusack

By Rowan Cahill When Yarn Spinners was initially published in 2001 by University of Queensland Press, it was lengthily titled Yarn Spinners. A Story in Letters: Dymphna Cusack, Florence James, Miles Franklin. Marilla North was credited as ‘Editor’.  The title partially explained the contents of the book, but did not do justice to the nature... Continue Reading →

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