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 →

Selling off Victoria’s heritage?

A call for the historic Pentridge D-Division to remain as the long-promised Pentridge Museum  By Michael Hamel-Green   The main developer, Future Estate, of the southern section of the Victorian heritage-listed Old Pentridge Gaol has recently put the historic bluestone D-Division up for sale. The sale was advertised by KillenThomas Melbourne on 2/2/18. This continues a... Continue Reading →

YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

By Rowan Cahill* A review of Michael Quinlan, The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 (Routledge: NY and Oxon, 2018).   In the tradition of E. P. Thompson, redolent of the work of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, Michael Quinlan’s The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 is magisterial and exhaustive. ‘Magisterial’ because it is... Continue Reading →

Serenading Adela: A Street Opera 7 January 2018, World Premiere and Centenary Performance: WHEN: From 6pm, Sunday 7 January 2018. WHERE: Pentridge courtyard (Entrance through the Champ Street Coburg archway). Meet our Unruly Mob at 6pm and march with them to Pentridge, where the Street Opera will commence at 6.30pm. WHAT: The World Premiere of our full Street Opera. FLYER: Serenading Poster for Pentridge TICKETS? Entry is free, but please book so we can send you details of the march, of wet-weather options; and have enough chairs. Click here to book! IF BOOKED OUT Please register for the waiting list, so you will be notified if spaces become free, or be offered standing room (1 hour show).

WHAT THE LEFTY HISTORIAN DID ON HIS HOLS

Terry Irving We’ve just come back, Sue and I, from four weeks in France and Spain, a very different holiday from our usual. Without a car, we walked a lot, in small towns and suburbs away from the main tourist attractions. And we discovered something tourism is not designed to reveal: traces of the collapse... Continue Reading →

Annual General Meetings of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MELBOURNE BRANCH The annual meeting of the Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017, at the Victorian Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The AGM will include reports, election of office-bearers and general business. Please send all enquiries and items for the agenda to... Continue Reading →

Now what? — 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Join Bea Campbell, UK author, playwright, filmmaker, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster, in debating current politics in Melbourne, Saturday 11 November. In a wide-ranging address, Bea will explore the various forms of inequality today; realistic strategies towards an egalitarian and just society; the meaning of socialism in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution; the... Continue Reading →

VINTAGE RED

by Rowan Cahill There is a vast amount of material, published and otherwise, relating to the history of the Communist Party of Australia/CPA (1920-1991). Examination of the footnotes to Stuart Macintyre’s first volume of the history of the CPA, The Reds (1998), attests to this, as does familiarity with the two resource bibliographies of CPA... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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