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 →

Bernie Taft and 1968: Tanks in Prague, Turmoil in Australian Universities

  Friday 24 August 2018 Forum Theatre, Arts West, University of MelbourneIn August 1968, the Soviet Union sent troops into Czechoslovakia to end the liberalising regime of Alexander Dubcek; the incident and its aftermath became known as the Prague Spring. The events in the Soviet bloc were part of an international wave of uprisings and... 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 →

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 →

Bobbie Oliver on Australia’s Secret War by Hal Colebatch

Book Review: Hal Colebatch, Australia’s Secret War: How unionists sabotaged our troops in World War II (Quadrant Books, Sydney, 2013), 340pp, $44.95 hard back. By Bobbie Oliver I have always regarded with some scepticism books whose titles include words such as ‘Secret’ or ‘Untold’, because they bear the connotation that someone has deliberately obscured the... Continue Reading →

Melbourne University Archives: Communist Party collection lists now available

Finding aids for the Communist Party of Australia (Victorian Branch) collection at the University of Melbourne Archives are now available. The collection, "one of the most significant from the CPA held in Australia", spans much of the twentieth century. The collection is restricted and researchers will need prior approval from the  Search Foundation to use the files.... Continue Reading →

Olga Silver Remembered

By Carmel Shute A big crowd gathered in Clifton Hill on 30 January to pay tribute to veteran Melbourne communist, Olga Silver (18/12/1916 – 23/1/2015), who died at the age of 98 after a long illness. Olga was born a year before the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 but her life was very much shaped by... Continue Reading →

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