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 →

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 →

Jack’s War

By Kevin Peoples The following is a speech given by Kevin at the launch of his book From the Top of the Hill at the Bentleigh RSL earlier this year. Sometimes, if we are to understand highly complex human tragedies like WWI, we begin by reducing them to the personal. And sometimes, because of our... Continue Reading →

The Conscription Conflict and the Great War

By Michael Hamel-Green Review of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer (Monash University Publishing: Clayton, 2016), paper $29.95. The First World War was to take the lives of eleven million soldiers on both sides, seven million civilians, and, as a further consequence, the... Continue Reading →

Opposing War: Women’s Protest in World War I

By Judith Smart The following is the text of a lecture given by Judy Smart to the Brunswick Coburg Anti-conscription Commemoration Committee, 3 May 2016. It is reproduced here with the author's permission.    When feminist historians, led by Carmel Shute in 1975, first started writing about the part played by women on the Australian... Continue Reading →

Tom Barker’s Poster – Fundraising Campaign

  The Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration committee have launched a Pozible (crowd funding) campaign to get Tom Barker's Anti-Conscription/Anti-War poster reprinted and onto the streets. They need to raise $1340 to print around 200 large scale reproductions of the poster. You can donate to the cause via the campaign site. The committee is also busy organising lots... Continue Reading →

Don’t mention the war (at home)

By Hall Greenland   It is the season for centenary commemorations of the Great War. In the past months: the battles at Pozières, Mouquet Farm, Fromelles, and the Somme. The great and the good have been sorrowful and respectful of the fallen – as they should be. Lest we forget? No way. Just don’t mention... Continue Reading →

CFP FOR EDITED VOLUME ON HISTORY OF THE AUSTRALIAN FAR LEFT

Hatful of History

CPA pamphlet

Evan Smith (Flinders University), Matthew Worley (University of Reading) and Jon Piccini (University of Queensland) are calling for chapter proposals for an edited volume on the Australian far left in the post-war era (1945 to the present). Expanding on our work looking at the history of the British far left, we believe that a survey of the exciting new work being done of the far left in Australia and its influence on wider Australian political history is due.

We are currently seeking chapter proposals on the following topics:

  • The CPA and Cold War espionage
  • 1956 for the Australian left
  • The peace/nuclear disarmament movement
  • The student left and the anti-Vietnam War movement
  • Radical Marxism since the 1960s (Trotskyism, Maoism, anti-revisionism)
  • Anarchism in Australia
  • ASIO and the new left
  • The left and Indigenous rights
  • The left and the women’s movement
  • The left and gay rights
  • The anti-apartheid movement in Australia
  • Nationalism…

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THANK YOU BILL: William Horace (Bill) Langlois

By Rowan Cahill*   William Horace (Bill) Langlois died in September 2015, aged 92. When I first met him, back in 1970, he was twenty-two years older than me, a time span that now, me writing at the age of 70, seems brief, but in the eyes and mind of the youth that was me... Continue Reading →

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