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.


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Recent articles

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

  • 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 […]
  • Malcolm Ellis: Labour Historian? Spy? August 3, 2017 - Malcolm Ellis: Labour Historian? Spy? Andrew Moore UWS, Macarthur First published in Labour and Community – Proceedings of the Sixth National Labour History Conference, Wollongong, October 1999 When, on New Year’s Day 1952, Sir John Ferguson, the eminent bibliographer and Industrial Commission judge, wrote to his friend and colleague, M.H. Ellis, the anticommunist historian, he […]
  • Chifley versus the banks August 3, 2017 - Chifley versus the banks Nationalisation The big banks won the last great war against government interference, 70 years ago. Norman Abjorensen Originally published in The Canberra Times 6 June 2017 The predictable howls of outrage from the big banks about the $6.2 billion levy imposed on them in the federal budget are unlikely to arouse […]
  • James Normington Rawling Collection August 2, 2017 - James Normington Rawling Centenary Seminar – 17 Apr 1998 This seminar was co-hosted by the ASSLH and the Noel Butlin Archives Centre (NBAC) to celebrate the centenary of the birth of James Normington Rawling (1898-1966) returned serviceman, pacificist, rationalist turned CPA functionary, expelled from the CPA in 1939, flirted with Trotskyism, became chief informer at […]