Opposing War: Women’s Protest in World War I

By Judith Smart The following is the text of a lecture given by Judy Smart to the Brunswick Coburg Anti-conscription Commemoration Committee, 3 May 2016. It is reproduced here with the author's permission.    When feminist historians, led by Carmel Shute in 1975, first started writing about the part played by women on the Australian... Continue Reading →

Don’t mention the war (at home)

By Hall Greenland   It is the season for centenary commemorations of the Great War. In the past months: the battles at Pozières, Mouquet Farm, Fromelles, and the Somme. The great and the good have been sorrowful and respectful of the fallen – as they should be. Lest we forget? No way. Just don’t mention... Continue Reading →

Centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription

Val Noone and Mary Doyle invite you to a centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription: Dr Mannix: “Clifton Hill, where I committed my original sin” 6.00 for 6.30 pm Friday 16 September 2016 Aikenhead Hall, St John’s Parish Corner Queens Parade and Wellington Street, Clifton Hill On a wet and stormy night, 16... Continue Reading →

CENTENARY OF TRADE UNION ANTI-CONSCRIPTION | WEDNESDAY 11 MAY 2016

A message from David Cragg, Victorian Trades Hall Council On 11-12 May 1916, the THC convened an All-Australia Trade Union Anti-Conscription Conference at the Melbourne Trades Hall.  (Please note that this was some 11 years before the ACTU was established.) The successful conference resolved unanimously to oppose the introduction of conscription for military service in Europe and... Continue Reading →

A LONG SHADOW

By Rowan Cahill   I never knew my grandfather, the father of my mother. But he was a WWI veteran. Originally a baker by trade in Beechworth (Victoria), by the First World War he was a horse whisperer in the Tumut region of NSW. At the age of 50 in 1915, he went to war... Continue Reading →

Out Now: Labour and the Great War

a special issue of Labour History (no. 106, May 2014) The May 2014 issue explores how workers, unionists and Labor politicians engaged with the meaning and legacy of the Great War both during the conflict and in the decades that followed. Click here for more information. Labour and the Great War will be launched at 5.30pm for... Continue Reading →

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