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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. New contributions welcome. Links to other websites do not necessarily imply an endorsement of the content of those websites.

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Vale William (Bill) Tully 10 Sept 1937 – 12 Oct 2021

The legendary Bill Tully, one of the Labour History Society’s most colourful characters, has passed away at the age of 84.

A man of many talents and just as many interests, he was always engaging and passionate about the things that mattered to him.

Bill was one of our most loyal members and served on the committee in a number of capacities, most recently as Branch Treasurer between 2005 and 2008.

He was a lively contributor to our discussions and made a number of presentations at seminars and other events. One that springs to mind is his vivid account of the life and times of the local activist Ray O’Shannassy whose entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography was penned by Bill.

Bill worked for many years as a senior librarian at the National Library. His interests were wide ranging and he was well known across the wider Canberra community. In addition to his political activism, Bill was a publisher and public broadcaster, author and poet. He also ran the Canberra Recorded Music Society for many years.

(Photo credit: Stephen Holt)

For a more detailed summary of Bill’s life, see the following link to Helen Musa’s fine tribute in the Canberra City News, reposted with permission, at
https://citynews.com.au/2021/passionate-local-arts-identity-dies/

 

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Recent articles

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

  • 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 […]
  • The fallacy of remoteness August 18, 2021 - The fallacy of remoteness 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 second of the three: ‘The fallacy of remoteness’ […]
  • Commercial Influences on the First Settlements of Australia August 16, 2021 - Commercial Influences on the First Settlements of Australia 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 first of the three: […]
  • Jack Mundey tribute January 8, 2021 - It’s still right to rebel Only struggle availeth. ‘What’s the good news from Canberra?’ Jack Mundey always wanted to know when we visited him and Judy in their two-up and two-down brick unit in Croyden Park. We welcomed Jack’s unintended reprimand as a reminder to look further than the headlines, to see through the parliamentary […]
  • Abolish the penal powers: freedom’s fight of ’69 July 18, 2020 - Abolish the penal powers: freedom’s fight of ’69 John Arrowsmith John Arrowsmith (1913-1997) was a legend of the Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH, a self-educated working class historian, former Branch President, union activist and communist campaigner. In 1969, he was approached by a number of prominent Victorian union officials to write a history of the […]

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