Recent articles

Here are our 10 most recent articles.

  • Our Forgotten Prime Minister October 8, 2018 - Stephen Holt Australian Prime Ministers get to have a federal electorate named after them after they die. There are 22 deceased Australian Prime Ministers and after the latest redistribution there are, seemingly in line with this practice, 22 federal seats bearing the name of a deceased Prime Minister. There is an anomaly though and it […]
  • The ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic in Australia, 1912-19 June 20, 2018 -   Humphrey McQueen  (Originally published in Social Policy in Australia – Some Perspectives 1901-1975. Edited by Jill Roe. Cassell Australia 1976) SIX MONTHS BEFORE the Armistice ended the Great War a new and more deadly scourge was unleashed upon the world. Popularly known as ‘Spanish’ flu it killed twenty million people within twelve months.
  • Ghost of bankers past may come to haunt Shorten June 18, 2018 - Bob Crawshaw (First published in The Canberra Times 21 April 2016) You can almost hear the ghost of prime minister Ben Chifley applauding Bill Shorten’s calls for a royal commission into Australian banking. Yet while Chifley might approve of Shorten’s efforts, he would probably think they do not go far enough.
  • What happened to Childe? June 10, 2018 - V. Gordon Childe (1892-1957) made himself the most influential Australian scholar in the humanities and social sciences. Forty years after his death, his ideas stimulate thinkers well beyond his own field of Prehistoric archaeology. Humphrey McQueen has returned to Childe’s writings to reflect on current disputes about facts, theorising and politics in the piecing together […]
  • The New Guard June 3, 2018 - Originally published in Workers Online 2003: Andrew Moore Who were Australia’s fascists in the 1930s and was John Howard’s father in the New Guard? Labour historian, Andrew Moore, uncovers some surprising information about Australia’s fascist past.
  • 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 […]