2011 ASSLH Conference – Proceedings

Table of Contents


Welcome and Message from Prime Minister                                                          vii


Note on Refereeing Process                                                                                       viii


Part One: Labour Historians and their Organisations, Sources and Methods



1          Entwined Associations: Labour history and its people in Canberra

Melanie Nolan                                                                                                             1


2          ‘Understand the Past, Act on the Present, Shape the Future’ Transcript of Eric Fry’s Account of the History of the ASSLH

Eric Fry                                                                                                                         16


3          Melbourne Labour History: A Collective Biography of its First

Generation *

Peter Love                                                                                                                    36


4          Labour History in Western Australia and the role of the

ASSLH, Perth Branch*

Bobbie Oliver                                                                                                               48


5          Purposes almost infinitely varying: Archives as sources for labour biography

Maggie Shapley                                                                                                           61


6          Activists in Aggregate: Collective Biography, Labour History, and the Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement,


Andrew Moore, Yasmin Rittau and John Shields                                                  68


7          Raphael Samuel: A Biography in Development

Sophie Scott-­Brown                                                                                                     88




Part Two: Labour Biography, subaltern cultures and identities


8          Frank Macnamara: A Convict Poet in Australia*

Mark Gregory                                                                                                              102


9          A ‘Virtual Walk’ Down Pitt Street in 1858: Uncovering the

Hidden Women Workers of Colonial Sydney*

Cath Bishop                                                                                                                  116


10        ‘Bastards from the Bush’: forgotten IWW Activists*

Drew Cottle and Rowan Day                                                                                    144


11        ‘That’s not right’: Indigenous politics, Dexter Daniels and 1968

Julie Kimber                                                                                                                 153


12        ‘Shirley Andrews: social idealist for Aboriginal rights or agent of the CPA*

Sue Taffe                                                                                                                       165


13        Labour women and the White Australia policy

Patricia Clarke                                                                                                             180


14        Labour Biography on the Screen: the case of Freda Brown

Rosemary Webb and Lisa Milner                                                                             191


15        Framing  the  Union:  The  Changing  Images  of  Unionists  on
Lisa Milner 204
Part Three: Labour Biography: Place, Transnationalism and Crossing Borders


16        The Political Cultures of the Irish Diaspora: Some

Comparative Reflections, 1800-­1920

Donald M. MacRaild                                                                                                  214


17        Biography and Mobility in the Industrial Workers of the

World in Australia 1911-­1922: A Brief Review*

Frank Cain                                                                                                                   231




18        ‘By Tomorrow I May Be Flying’: Patrick Hodgens Hickey, a case study in Transnational Labour Biography*

Peter Clayworth                                                                                                          244


19        The ‘Radical’ Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr William Temple*

Doris LeRoy                                                                                                                 258


20        Harry Atkinson and the Socialist Church, 1896-­1906

James Taylor                                                                                                                271


21        Labour History and Labour Biography beyond National Boundaries: Britain and Australia from the late nineteenth century to the interwar years

Neville Kirk                                                                                                                 282


Part Four: Biography, Organisation and Activism


22        From Saxony to South Brisbane: the German-­Australian socialist Hugo Kunze*

Andrew G. Bonnell                                                                                                     299


23        Reinstating ‘Casual Connelly’: a Labour pioneer and the struggle for political rights for public servants in New Zealand

Peter Franks                                                                                                                 310


24        Anti-­Communism Undermined: The Uncomfortable Alliances of W. C. Wentworth*

Lachlan Clohesy                                                                                                          322


25        ‘We never recovered from that strike’: The Aftermath of the

1951 Waterfront Lockout and Supporting Strikes

Grace Millar                                                                                                                 337


26        A Leftist in Cold War Canberra: Bruce Yuill

Stephen Holt                                                                                                                346


27        A not unimportant role’: industry peak unions and inter-­union organizing

Cathy Brigden                                                                                                             356




28        Much more than green bans: locating the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation in the history of international trade unionism

Verity Burgmann and Meredith Burgmann                                                           373




Notes about Contributors                                                                                          384




* Indicates that the paper was refereed by two blind referees