Welcome to the Canberra Region Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.

The ASSLH aims to encourage the study, teaching and research of labour history and to encourage the preservation of labour archives.

This website was designed by Webtrax with the assistance of the Bede Nairn Fund. It aims to present a selection of articles and publications that can easily be accessed by students, teachers and others wanting to know more about labour history and politics.

The ASSLH encourages open debate on questions relating to labour history and politics. The articles published on this website do not necessarily reflect the views of the ASSLH and its officers. Links to other websites do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the content of those websites.

For news about our activities over the past year, click here to read our Branch President’s report to the 2017 Annual General Meeting.


Coming events


Latest news

20 years in the making!

Voices from the past – an oral history project of the ASSLH Canberra Region Branch

Interviews with 14 former officials of the ACT trade union movement recorded back in 1997-98.

Now available online. You can read a transcript of these interviews from the Oral History Project drop down menu.

The preservation of these tapes was made possible thanks to a Heritage Grant from the ACT Government in 2017.








ACT Heritage Minister Mick Gentleman presents the award to ASSLH Vice-President
Melanie Nolan.



Recent articles

Here are some of our recent articles. To search the complete list, click on the Articles and Publications menu.

  • Dr Marx, Professor Childe and manure: some rather crude materialism December 11, 2017 - The V. Gordon Childe Memorial Lecture Blackheath History Forum Saturday, 9 September 2017 Dr Marx, Professor Childe and manure: some rather crude materialism by Humphrey McQueen Dirty words Our text at this Evensong is taken from Deuteronomy, chapter 23, verses 13-14:
  • Strike Force December 3, 2017 - Strike Force Humphrey McQueen Our ‘right’ to strike has never been handed down from on high. Never will it be. Our right to strike is a precious gift which we win and hold for each other by putting it into practice.
  • Six things we learnt from Jim Sharp December 1, 2017 - SIX THINGS WE LEARNT FROM JIM SHARP Humphrey McQueen Yorkshire-born, Brisbane Communist Jim Sharp died on 6 November aged 85.
  • The Gluckman Affair 1960: A bystander’s view November 16, 2017 - The Gluckman Affair: An article by Geoffrey Bolton In 1960 the Australian National University invited the eminent British anthropologist Professor Max Gluckman to visit Canberra to participate in their anthropology program and also to make a short visit to Papua New Guinea to meet with ANU anthropologists undertaking field work in the territory.  Prior to […]
  • Oily Sam Griffith’s moment of truth November 16, 2017 -   Oily Sam Griffith’s moment of truth Humphrey McQueen Broadcast on Melbourne community radio 3CR   30 September 2017 Samuel Walker Griffith is known today from a NSW country town, an inner Canberra suburb and a Queensland university. The more politically aware might recall that he drafted the Commonwealth Constitution in 1891 and became the first […]