Panel forum and Book Launch: Jews and the Left

Thursday, 14th August, 2014 at 8.00 pm Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Road, St Kilda. The Australian Jewish Historical Society invites you to a panel forum and launch of Philip Mendes’ new book: Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance (Melbourne: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) The panel will be moderated... Continue Reading →

Launch of Red Apple: & Silvertown - 5.30 for 6.00pm, Wednesday 5 March, 2014 - Victoria University Bar, Building M at the VU Footscray Park campus on Ballarat Road, Footscray  by Professor Stuart Macintyre:    Phillip Deery, Red Apple: Communism and McCarthyism in Cold War New York (New York: Fordham University Press, 2014). From the late 1940s... Continue Reading →

Book launch: Conflict in the Unions: The Communist Party of Australia, Politics & the Trade Unions, 1945-60

Saturday, 23 November 2013 Longtime socialist, former tram conductor, 3CR City Limits co-presenter, and now labor historian Douglas Jordan has written a pioneering study of how the Communist Party of Australia did political work in the trade unions during the 1945-60 Cold War period. His work, Conflict in the Unions, published by Resistance Books, focuses... Continue Reading →

Rupert Lockwood on Wilfred Burchett

Introduction By Phillip Deery The controversies surrounding the life, reputation and legacy of the famous Australian reporter and journalist, Wilfred Burchett, would be well known to many readers. One central allegation, on which much ink has been split, is that he was an ‘agent of influence’ for the KGB. This claim was first raised in... Continue Reading →

‘Labour History’ and its Political Role – A New Landscape: by Terry Irving

We re-post here a thoughtful discussion by Associate Professor Terry Irving. Click here to view this post on the Radical Sydney blog. **** **** Terry Irving was co-author of Class Structure in Australian History (1980, 1992) and became a prominent labour historian. He edited the journal Labour History, 1990-1998, and was President of the Australian Society for the Study of... Continue Reading →

Sam Merrifield Prize Labour Day Announcement

The Melbourne Branch of the Labour History Society is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Sam Merrifield Prize. Congratulations to Dustin Halse whose article "‘Citizens Who Serve’: The Political Rights of Victorian Public Servants, 1856-1916” tells an important, largely overlooked, story about white-collar workers. In the process he makes a valuable and an... Continue Reading →

The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century

The BLF History Committee has put together a booklet which celebrates the life and contribution of Norm Gallagher. A controversial figure in the labour movement, interest in Gallagher’s contributions to the working lives of builders’ labourers has increased in recent years. This booklet, The Builders Labourers Federation “Never Powerless”: Lessons for the 21st Century, has... 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 →

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