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 →

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 →

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 →

Helen Davis

The Melbourne Branch notes with sadness the death of Helen Davis. Described by Senator Kim Carr as ‘a committed activist at the industrial, political and community levels’, Helen lived a life of firsts. After starting work with Mistral Fans in 1970, she became a shop steward with the male dominated Amalgamated Metal Workers Union (AMWU).... Continue Reading →

Margaret Whitlam

With the death of Margaret Whitlam, AO, we are edging closer to the end of an era. Given the description of ‘Free Spirit, Prime Minister’s Wife’, in Jane Sullivan’s obituary in the Age (20 March 2012), Margaret Whitlam’s intelligence and independence represented so distinctly a changing of the guard. She stood, as Sullivan noted, alongside,... Continue Reading →

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