Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin

This year marks 75 years since the death of John Curtin. The Melbourne Branch's Dr. Liam Byrne has written the forthcoming biography of John Curtin and James Scullin, being published by Melbourne University Press in June 2020: https://www.mup.com.au/books/becoming-john-curtin-and-james-scullin-paperback-softback The book explores pivotal moments of Australian history that are directly linked to key points history and... Continue Reading →

Childe Unbound

By Rowan Cahill What follows is in part a review, but also a commentary, and it benefits from the perspective of an insider. As Terry Irving notes in his Acknowledgements to The Fatal Lure of Politics: The Life and Thought of Vere Gordon Childe (2020), I encouraged his “political intentions for the book” and read... Continue Reading →

The Inaugural Ken Inglis Memorial Lecture

A notice from the ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences   The Inaugural Ken Inglis Memorial Lecture All the Things We Cannot See The Dunera story and the challenge of visual history Wednesday 12 December 2018 5.30 – 7.00pm, followed by light refreshments Professor Jay Winter, Professor of History, Yale University APCD Lecture Theatre, Hedley Bull Centre (#130),... Continue Reading →

ASSLH AGM & Annual Dinner

Australian Society for the Study of Labour History AGM Date: Friday 30 November Time: 5-6 pm  Place: 360 Collins St, Melbourne (La Trobe University city campus, room 20:03. Level 20) This year's Annual General Meeting of the (federal) Australian Society for the Study of Labour History will be held in Melbourne, on Friday 30 November... Continue Reading →

BOOK LAUNCH: ON THE FLY! HOBO LITERATURE AND SONGS, 1879–1941

A new anthology of American hobo writing edited by Melbourne historian Iain McIntyre will be launched on Sunday November 11th from 3pm to 6pm at the Old Bar (74-76 Johnston St, Fitzroy). The launch will feature readings from the collection as well as renditions of hobo songs from Melbourne musicians Van Walker, Jude Joseph and... Continue Reading →

Fundraiser for Community Radio 3CR and the Rainforest Information Centre

The 2019 How To Make Trouble And Influence People diary features a radical event in Australian history for each day of the year as well as stories and images covering Indigenous Australian resistance, strikes, murals, convict escapes, creative direct action, blockades, protests and occupations. It will be launched on 6 October 2018 from 3pm to 6pm... Continue Reading →

EDITING MATTERS, 1969-73

By Rowan Cahill From 1969 to 1973, I was a member of the Editorial Board, later Editorial Collective, of Australian Left Review (ALR), the Marxist journal of cultural and political comment and discussion published bi-monthly by the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). ALR commenced publication in 1966, its precursor the Communist Review. At the time I... Continue Reading →

E.P. Thompson: A Twentieth-Century Romantic

By Peter Love Book Review of Christos Efstathiou, E.P.Thompson: A Twentieth-Century Romantic (London: Merlin Press, 2015). pp. x + 248. £25 HB.   This book began life as a doctoral thesis at the University of London where Efstathiou was encouraged by, among others, Michael Barratt Brown, Eric Hobsbawm, Sheila Rowbotham and Dorothy Thompson. Like all good thesis... Continue Reading →

MAURICE BLACKBURN ORATION: THE HUMANITARIAN IMPACT OF WAR

THE HUMANITARIAN IMPACT OF WAR 7 pm Thursday 2 August 2018 Coburg Town Hall 90 Bell Street Coburg Entertainment provided by Adela’s Choir  Light refreshments provided.  For further information visitmoreland.vic.gov.au or call Council on 9240 1111.   Presented by Judy Slatyer, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Red Cross Judy Slatyer leads Australian Red Cross to improve... Continue Reading →

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