ON THE MARGINS

By Rowan Cahill An overview of the work of Iain McIntyre, and a review of his anthology, On the Fly! Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879-1941. Melbourne-based left activist Iain McIntyre is many things, most recently a doctoral graduate with a thesis, and potential book, dealing with environmental direct action between 1979 and 1990 in Australia,... Continue Reading →

Save women’s stories

Cathy Brigden and Sarah Kaine have launched a campaign to help them raise funds for their Save women’s stories project. The project will record the oral histories of women in trade unions. They hope to interview 50 women from around Australia, and their stories will be made publicly available via their website.  To support the... Continue Reading →

The Red North: Book Launch

South of the border, Queensland may be better known for the reactionary Joh Bjelke-Petersen regime of the 1970s and 1980s, and more recently as the centre of Pauline Hanson’s racist One Nation Party. Yet in the 1930s and 1940s, the ‘Red North’ — the area north from Mackay to Cairns — developed as the single... Continue Reading →

North on Cusack

By Rowan Cahill When Yarn Spinners was initially published in 2001 by University of Queensland Press, it was lengthily titled Yarn Spinners. A Story in Letters: Dymphna Cusack, Florence James, Miles Franklin. Marilla North was credited as ‘Editor’.  The title partially explained the contents of the book, but did not do justice to the nature... 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 →

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