By John Shields, Greg Patmore and Harry Knowles
Since 2004 the BLHG has been undertaking an official history of Citibank in Australia. The project traces its origins to the formation of Industrial Acceptance Corporation, hire purchase company founded in 1926. Outcomes of the project include studies of hire purchase in Australia and the impact of American management on Australian management practices.
The biographical register of the Australian labour movement: A progress report
By John Shields and Andrew Moore
The aim is the publication of a collective biographical research aid containing brief cross-referenced entries on 2,000 individuals, selected on the basis of their particular contribution to the history of organised labour in Australia down to 1975. In the great majority of cases, the main qualification for inclusion is active involvement in a trade union or other workplace, community or political organisation, as either a union official or as a prominent rank-and-file union member.
There is a growing recognition that the study of the individual enriches labour and social history research. Labour biography has increasingly diversified from a focus on life studies of prominent labour leaders to embrace the experiences of a range of working men and women, unionists and activists, or discrete networks in local communities and the workplace. Working Lives reflects this diversity.
Worksite promotes debate on issues in workplace relations and issues affecting the Australian labour movement. Worksite is produced by staff in Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney Business School.