Portrait of an activist: Elizabeth Vassilieff

Elizabeth Orme Hamill, née Sutton, was a 31-year-old teacher, writer and divorcee when they met in Warrandyte. Although Danila had an anti-communist background – he fought with the Whites during the civil war in Russia and was captured by the Reds[3] – Elizabeth, both during their marriage and well beyond, was not only an artist in her own right, but an activist in the peace movement and the Communist Party.

Activism, Struggle and Labour History radio program

Over the summer of 2019/2020 Community Radio 3CR hosted a program entitled Activism, Struggle and Labour History which was made up of a variety of presentations that were given during the 2019 Australian Society for the Study of Labour History conference. The programs are now available online as podcasts, along with other 3CR summer series, at https://www.3cr.org.au/summerspecials2019-2020... 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 →

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 →

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