CENTENARY OF TRADE UNION ANTI-CONSCRIPTION | WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2016

A message from David Cragg, Victorian Trades Hall Council On 11-12 May 1916, the THC convened an All-Australia Trade Union Anti-Conscription Conference at the Melbourne Trades Hall.  (Please note that this was some 11 years before the ACTU was established.) The successful conference resolved unanimously to oppose the introduction of conscription for military service in Europe and... Continue Reading →

Local Labor lecture series

On Wednesday 27 April, Ross McMullin will kick off the 2016 Local Labor lecture series with a talk on Chris Watson and his 1904 Labor Government. Ross McMullin is a leading Australian historian, whose books include The Light on the Hill (the ALP centenary history), and the award winning Pompey Elliott and Farewell, Dear People: biographies of Australia’s lost generation. The... Continue Reading →

The 1916 Irish Rising: “Australasian Perspectives”

A number of events are being held to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916.  A conference at the University of Melbourne, 7-8 April, will feature a number of local and international experts who will address a range of aspects of the Rising, including its Australasian contexts. Keynote Speakers at the event include Dr Roisín Higgins (Teesside University); Dr Fearghal McGarry... Continue Reading →

CICD Celebration for John Ellis

For decades, John Ellis has campaigned for peace, nuclear disarmament, and social justice. During this time, John photographed much of the activity of the left in Melbourne. His collection––held by the University of Melbourne Archives––is a remarkable resource, and the largest individual collection of photographs of the left in Australia. This year, the Campaign for International... Continue Reading →

Joe Hill

Thursday 19 November is the centenary of the execution of the famous IWW activist Joe Hill, who was killed by a firing squad in Utah, USA. His legacy lives on. To celebrate his life, there will be a screening of the long-lost 1971 bio-pic Joe Hill, by renowned Swedish director Bo Widerberg, at Trades Hall on Thursday 19... Continue Reading →

Labour history and anti-militarism at the Marxism conference

Socialist Alternative’s Marxism conference is Australia’s largest annual left-wing public conference. There are over 90 sessions over three and a half days and speakers attending from around the world. This year includes a film festival and special art exhibition Freedom Now: The art of Black Liberation presenting work from Indigenous artists and Emory Douglas of... Continue Reading →

NIBS UNDERGROUND BOOK TALK – JOHN TULLY ON THE SILVERTOWN STRIKE

John Tully will give a talk on his 2014 book, Silvertown – The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labour Movement  on Tuesday 10 February at the New International Bookshop (basement of Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton, 6:45pm for 7pm start). Silvertown was reviewed by Terry Irving in our July... Continue Reading →

Out Now: Labour and the Great War

a special issue of Labour History (no. 106, May 2014) The May 2014 issue explores how workers, unionists and Labor politicians engaged with the meaning and legacy of the Great War both during the conflict and in the decades that followed. Click here for more information. Labour and the Great War will be launched at 5.30pm for... Continue Reading →

FIGHTING AGAINST WAR: PEACE ACTIVISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Registrations have now closed. The conference will be held at Queen's College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. Keynote speakers for the 14th biennial Labour History conference are Professors Verity Burgmann, Marilyn Lake, and Bruce Scates. The conference is supported by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the National Tertiary Education Union,Swinburne... Continue Reading →

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