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by Rowan Cahill Back in the 1980s, the autodidact bookseller Bob Gould pressed a book into my hands, as was his way whenever I visited the Aladdin’s Cave rabbit warrens of his Sydney bookshop. “Comrade, you’ve got to read this”, usually his way of recommending the latest or neglected anti-Stalinist publication. This time it was... Continue Reading →

Vale Sigrid McCausland

Frank Bongiorno   Many of us owe a very great debt to Dr Sigrid McCausland, whose untimely death on 30 November 2016 has been widely mourned by her many friends and colleagues in the archival and historical communities. The biographical notes at the end of Light from the Tunnel, a history of the Noel Butlin... Continue Reading →

Hugh Anderson

Frank Bongiorno* The eminent historian, Hugh Anderson, died on 3 March 2017 at the age of 90. He leaves us with an enduring legacy, a prodigious body of work, and his collection of materials which led to the creation of the Radical Collection at Victoria University. A public celebration of his life was held at University House, University of... 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 →

MULLEN’S CHOICES

By Rowan Cahill (University of Wollongong) In late November 2014, illness claimed the life of Geoff Mullen, long-time letter writer to the ‘Letters to the Editor’ page of the Sydney Morning Herald. For years the ‘Letters to the Editor’ section of newspapers had been his public forum, and the Herald published his ‘last hurrah’ the... Continue Reading →

Joe Owens

Verity Burgmann on Joe Owens On 20th September the cranes of Sydney stopped for one minute during the memorial service at the NSW Trades Hall to commemorate the life of Joe Owens, who died at the age of 77. Joe succeeded Jack Mundey as Secretary of the NSW Builders Labourers’ Federation, a position he occupied... Continue Reading →

Michael Nash

On 24 July 2012, Michael Nash died suddenly. Few members of the Melbourne Branch would have known Mike, but many would be aware of the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, of which he was the Director. With his passing, we lose an encyclopedic knowledge of the vast archival collections held at the... Continue Reading →

Fred Nelson and Vince Theuma

It is with regret that we report on the recent deaths of Fred Nelson, retired Secretary of the Printing & Kindred Industries Union, Victorian Branch and Vince Theuma, retired Organiser of the AMWU (Metals Division). Fred Nelson was a long time official of the PKIU, going on to become Victorian Branch Secretary for over eight... Continue Reading →

Lionel Bowen

The death of Lionel Bowen on 1st April, brought an end to a remarkable political career. Born in December 1922, he was the only child of a single mother. He left school at fourteen to help pay the bills, going on to attend night school and eventually becoming a lawyer. He went on to become... Continue Reading →

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