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.
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18th National Labour History Conference
23 to 25 November 2023
You are invited to this year’s National Labour History Conference to be held at the ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences in Canberra.
Details about the conference including the draft Programme can be found at the following link:
If you would like to attend you can register here.
Tickets are $150 per person, with day and concession tickets available for $80. There is also an option to attend our conference dinner at the Golden Drum on Friday 24 November for $50 per person.
Hope to see you there.
Canberra Labour History
Spanish Civil War commemoration
The annual Spanish Civil War International Brigades volunteers’ commemoration picnic will be held on
Sunday 3rd December 2023
at the memorial in Lennox Gardens
This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the memorial’s unveiling so we should make the event even more special.
Bring some food to share and a chair if you need to sit.
Here are some of our recent articles. To search the complete list, click on the Articles and Publications menu.
- Labor, the External Affairs Power and Aboriginal Rights December 9, 2022 - David Lee Originally published in Radical Currents, Labour Histories, No. 1 Autumn 2022. Australian Society for the Study of Labour History In 1900 the Australian Constitution gave the Commonwealth Parliament not a ‘treaty power’ but a vague power over ‘external affairs’. Its precise meaning remained elusive for most of the twentieth century. But from the […]
- When the Australian ruling class embraced fascism November 21, 2022 - Originally published in Marxist Left Review 13, Summer 2017 When the Australian ruling class embraced fascism Louise O’Shea It is commonplace today to treat the far right and far left as mirror images of each other: both extreme, ideologically rigid, intolerant and similarly isolated from the sensible mainstream. But history demonstrates that there is little […]
- Before the Teals, the DLP rewrote politics August 13, 2022 - This article first appeared in The Canberra Times of 5 July 2022 Before the teals, the DLP rewrote politics by Stephen Holt The election of sixteen House of Representatives crossbench members, including six or so Teal independents, on 21 May 2022 signals a big shift in the underlying structure of Australian politics.
- Bob Hawke and Canberra’s ‘factional wars’ April 11, 2022 - By Stephen Holt (An edited version of this article appeared in The Canberra Times (Public Sector Informant) of 5 April 2022) There is an intriguing reference to political shenanigans in Cold War Canberra in Troy Bramston’s new biography of Bob Hawke. Bramston in an early chapter refers to a letter dated 24 October 1956. Written […]
- Slavery in Australia – Convicts, Emigrants, Aborigines August 18, 2021 - Slavery in Australia – Convicts, Emigrants, Aborigines KM Dallas Kenneth McKenzie Dallas (1902- 1988) was a Tasmanian historian, teacher, writer and socialist. In September 1968, the Tasmanian Historical Research Association (THRA) published a collection of three articles by Dallas, each offering a different perspective on aspects of Australian history. The third of the three: ‘Slavery […]