Vale Darce Cassidy (1941-2019) – Journalist, Agitator, Organiser

Ken Mansell Jon (Darce) Cassidy was probably not meant to become one of the foremost left-wing agitators of his generation. Jon’s upbringing was privileged. His father Ralph Cassidy, tragically killed on RAAF service in 1942, was a barrister from a poor Irish background tinged with ‘Orange’ sectarianism. His mother Audrey Cassidy scrimped and saved to... 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 →

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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