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 all the news about our activities over the past year, click here to read our branch-presidents-report-for-2016-annual-general-meeting held on 15 November 2016.


Vale Sigrid McCausland

sigrid-mccauslandMembers and friends of the Canberra Region Branch of the Labour History Society will be saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Sigrid McCausland, formerly ANU Archivist and an active member of our Society. Sigrid served with distinction as Branch President from 2001 to 2003. This is a great loss to the communities of labour historians and archivists, as well as to Sigrid’s many friends, colleagues and admirers, including here in Canberra. Our condolences to her family and her partner Phil Griffiths.

Coming events

Recent articles

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

  • 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 […]
  • The Trade Unions and Labour Parties 1890-4 September 25, 2016 - Robin Gollan A 20 page brochure reprinted from Historical Studies Vol 7, No 25, November 1955. Published by University of Melbourne. gollan-trade-unions-and-labour-parties
  • CIA, Kerr, Barwick and 1975 July 13, 2016 -   by Humphrey McQueen A revival of interest in the dismissal of the Whitlam government on 11 November 1975 is focusing on who advised the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. The role of the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Garfield Barwick, has been known almost from the start. Knowledge of a second counselor has […]