Book Launch: Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics

Join us for the launch of Sean Scalmer’s new book on Graham Berry. Three time premier of Victoria, Berry was a hugely influential figure on Australia’s early political life. Democratic Adventurer: Graham Berry and the Making of Australian Politics ‘recovers Berry’s forgotten and fascinating life’. The book will be launched by Frank Bongiorno at a Readings virtual launch... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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