John Ellis

By Peter Love Our long-time comrade and radical activist John Ellis has died at home with Dianne by his side. It’s said that you’re not dead ‘til you’re forgotten. If so, it’ll take a long time for John to go. We remember his memoirs of a busy life as a PKIU workplace activist in Flinders... 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 →

Gwen Goedecke

Gwen Goedecke, life-long activist, and member of the Melbourne Branch of the Labour History Society has died. A service to celebrate Gwen’s life will be held this Saturday at 11.00am at the Unitarian Church in Grey Street, East Melbourne. In 2009, the state government inducted Gwen into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women for her outstanding... 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 →

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 →

Three weeks on…

It is now three weeks since the 14th Biennial Labour History Conference, “Fighting Against War: Peace Activism in the Twentieth Century,” commenced. Radio station 3CR has begun its series of broadcasts reflecting on the conference generally and several  of the papers in particular. The first episode, which aired on 14 February, provided an overview with a specific focus... Continue Reading →

The Sam Merrifield Prize

The Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH has decided to create an annual Merrifield Prize of $400 commencing in 2012. The prize is in honour of Sam Merrifield, foundation member of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, founding member of the Friends of the State Library, and founder of the Melbourne Branch. Among... Continue Reading →

Award for Brian Smiddy

It will come as no surprise to the many friends of Brian to learn that on 28 April 2011 a large crowd of people, young and old, gathered to celebrate and honour the work of Brian ‘Brother’ Smiddy.  Colin Brooks, the State Member for Bundoora hosted the award ceremony to honour Brian’s tireless activism and work... Continue Reading →

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