Perth Branch

The Perth Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History aims to promote the study and dissemination of information about the history of labour, particularly in Western Australia. It organises regular seminars and workshops for this purpose. These are open to members of the public. For further information contact: The Secretary, Perth Branch, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, PO Box 8351, Perth Business Centre, WA 6849 or email Bobbie Oliver. Find out who’s on the executive of the Perth Branch, and read about the history and role of the branch here.

The Western Worker

The Branch also publishes The Western Worker (edited by Charlie Fox). In October 2021, the branch published Issue 10. To read Issues 1-9 (edited by Lenore Layman) visit Western Worker. Its previous publication, Papers in Labour History can be read online here. Download the latest version by clicking on the cover below. Please note the following erratum: The previous version of Western Worker carried only half of Alexis Vassiley’s review of Western Australia’s comrades in the book Comrades: Lives of Australian Communists. You will find the full. correct review on pp. 46-47.


On Sunday 1 August, Perth Labour history organised an afternoon of celebration, discussion and debate on the 85th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict. You can listen to the discussion here.

In 2019, the branch hosted the biennial Labour History conference. Iain McIntyre recorded a number of sessions from the conference for radio station 3CR. The programs are now available online as podcasts, along with other 3CR summer series.

Membership of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Perth Branch

Membership fees are:
$50 per year for groups and organisations;
$30 per year for individual members;
$15 per year for members seeking a concession.

Membership is for a financial year. To join, please email our Secretary, Vashti Fox, with the following information: Name, Address & Postcode, phone number and email.

To make payment, there are two options: By electronic payment to Bendigo Bank, BSB 633-000, Account number 157346719. Account title Australian Society for the Study of Labour History Inc clearly stating your name and ‘annual membership’. OR By mail to ASSLH Perth Branch, PO Box Z5380, St. George’s Terrace, Perth WA 6831 enclosing a cheque (or cash).