Workshop and Symposia


  • Explaining the Sydney Journalist's Strike in 1944
    19th Apr 2013

    Sam Russell is a doctoral student in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney.

    Journalists described their strike in different ways in public and private, but these descriptions fall short of the actual motivation to strike that arose through a dense working community. Dense socialisation outside of work and an offended craft pride in a "traditional" organisation of journalism were key explanations of the decision to strike. These ideas of the strike and realities of the strike are contrasted as ideology and a developing class consciousness. Instead of ideology considered as "false" compared to a normative ideal, it is simply deficient when compared to the breadth of collective understanding developed through the strike.

    Please contact Anna White by the close of business on Wednesday 17 April if you wish to attend for catering purposes. A light lunch will be provided

    For your diaries there be another seminar on Friday 3 May by Neville Kirk on "Transnational Radicalism: Tom Mann, Bob Ross, Their Networks and the 'Social Revolution" from 1-2 pm. Further details will follow.

  • Transnational Radicalism: Tom Mann, Bob Ross, Their Networks and the 'Social Revolution
    3rd May 2013


    In recent years labour historians have developed an interest in transnational rather than purely local, regional or national subjects. My research is part of this trend. Drawing mainly upon the excellent manuscript, newspaper and journal sources held by the National Library of Australia, I focus upon the connected lives of two important, but insufficiently studied, socialists, British-born Tom Mann (1856-1941) and Australian-born Bob Ross (1873-1931). They met in Melbourne in 1903 and were active in the 1900s socialist movement in Victoria and Broken Hill. They were also involved in the New Zealand labour movement. Mann returned from Australasia to Britain at the end of 1909, but the two men kept in regular contact, exchanged ideas and developed overlapping labour networks in the 'British world' and beyond into the interwar years.

    My paper first situates my subjects in their transnational contexts. It then considers their connections, influences and networks. Finally it sheds new light thrown by their careers on the character of early twentieth-century socialism. In so doing it aims to make a contribution to labour, social and political history, biography and prosopography.

    Biographical Details

    Neville Kirk is an Emeritus Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Research Professor at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is currently a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia. He has published widely in the fields of modern British history and comparative and transnational British, US and Australasian labour history. His publications include Comrades and Cousins (2003) and Labour and the Politics of Empire: Britain and Australia from 1900 to the present (2011).

    Please contact Anna White by the close of business on Wednesday 1 May if you wish to attend for catering purposes. A light lunch will be provided.

  • The Burren Street Archives
    24th May 2013

    Merilyn Bryce

    Merilyn manages the Archives for the BLHG and will provide an overview of the resources held in the Archive in areas such as accounting history, business history and labour history.


    Burren Street Archives in Building B (C37B)
    Burren St campus.

  • Good Times, Hard Times? Making Australian Labour History, Remaking Australian Society
    11th Jul 2013 Unions NSW, Trades Hall, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney

    The 13th Biennial National Labour History Conference will be held 11-13 July 2013 at Unions NSW, Trades Hall, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney.

    The theme is: Good Times, Hard Times? Making Australian Labour History, Remaking Australian Society. The conference organising committee consists of Nikki Balnave, Anthony McLaughlin and Nick Dyrenfurth.

    The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, together with its partners, the Business and Labour History Group at the University of Sydney, and Unions NSW, is delighted to announce our international keynote speaker, Maurice Glasman. Maurice is a Reader in Political Theory at London Metropolitan University and the author of Unnecessary Suffering: Managing Market Utopia published by Verso. He has been a key figure, along with Jon Cruddas, the head of Labour's policy review and James Purnell, in developing the idea of "Blue Labour", described in April by the New Statesman as 'the dominant intellectual influence in the Labour Party.' He describes Blue Labour as the 'renewal of the Labour tradition based upon the values of reciprocity, responsibility and labour value.' In 2010 he was elevated to the Lords as a Labour peer by Ed Miliband. Prior to his appointment he worked with London Citizens on their Living Wage campaign and is centrally involved with the reorganisation of the Labour Party with Arnie Graf.

    Draft Conference Program

  • 'The Future is the Past' - Fifth Annual Conference of AAHANZBS
    7th Nov 2013 The University of Sydney, Australia


    Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 310,
    The University of Sydney