Recent articles

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  • 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 […]
  • The forgotten fascists – Menzies’ chosen people August 2, 2017 - The forgotten fascists  – Menzies’ chosen people Humphrey McQueen For the 75th anniversary of the start of the Menzies radio addresses, Howard and his gang are in the business of promoting ’the greatest speech ever made in this country’. The fact that ‘The Forgotten People’ was not a speech but one of a series of […]
  • Fresh Boer War atrocity August 2, 2017 -     FRESH BOER WAR ATROCITY The Boer War memorial along Canberra’s Anzac Parade includes statues of four horsemen to represent an Australian patrol on the Veldt. What truth demands is a Boer War memorial with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to recall the 25,000 Boer women and children and at least 15,000 black […]
  • 26 January – or thereabouts January 25, 2017 - by Humphrey McQueen 26 January – or thereabouts Vox Pop illustrates that the most enthusiastic celebrants of Australia Day do not always know what happened on 26 January 1788 in Sydney Cove.
  • Conscription for war and profit November 27, 2016 - Conscription for war and profit: classes, nation-market-states and empires Humphrey McQueen Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Branch, Seminar, Saturday, 29 October 2016: ‘The defeat of conscription: a centennial retrospective’.   ‘Here and today, a new epoch in the history of the world has begun.’ So said Johann Wolfgang Goethe to the Prussian […]
  • Conscription – the sequel November 22, 2016 - Conscription: The Sequel* Bill Thompson Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra Region Branch This paper will briefly examine the aftermath of the failed attempts to introduce conscription for overseas service into the Australian military forces during World War I. It will discuss the inter-war years; the constraints imposed by anti-conscription sentiments on […]