Labour history and anti-militarism at the Marxism conference

Socialist Alternative’s Marxism conference is Australia’s largest annual left-wing public conference. There are over 90 sessions over three and a half days and speakers attending from around the world. This year includes a film festival and special art exhibition Freedom Now: The art of Black Liberation presenting work from Indigenous artists and Emory Douglas of... Continue Reading →


Registrations have now closed. The conference will be held at Queen's College, University of Melbourne, 11-13 February 2015. Keynote speakers for the 14th biennial Labour History conference are Professors Verity Burgmann, Marilyn Lake, and Bruce Scates. The conference is supported by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, the National Tertiary Education Union,Swinburne... 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 →

Launch of Kevin Peoples’ book Santamaria’s Salesman

  The event was held at the Brigidine Sisters in Albert Park on Sunday 29 April 2012. Dr Bruce Duncan launched the book, followed by an engaging speech from Kevin Peoples. On first glance, it looks like one of those rare histories that is both genuinely informative and an engaging read. See Peter Love's photos... Continue Reading →

The Sam Merrifield Prize

The Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH has decided to create an annual Merrifield Prize of $400 commencing in 2012. The prize is in honour of Sam Merrifield, foundation member of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, founding member of the Friends of the State Library, and founder of the Melbourne Branch. Among... Continue Reading →

Award for Brian Smiddy

It will come as no surprise to the many friends of Brian to learn that on 28 April 2011 a large crowd of people, young and old, gathered to celebrate and honour the work of Brian ‘Brother’ Smiddy.  Colin Brooks, the State Member for Bundoora hosted the award ceremony to honour Brian’s tireless activism and work... Continue Reading →

Seconding the toast to Ruth Frow By Val Noone

Peter Love’s entirely apt tribute to Ruth Frow (1922-2008) in the February issue (No. 257) of Recorder drew attention to the extraordinary Working Class Movement Library that she and her late husband Eddie established in Salford near Manchester, UK. Ten years ago, Recorder also published a good short tribute to Eddie in the February 1998 issue, announcing his... Continue Reading →

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