Welcome to the web page of the Sydney Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History. The Branch has been active since 1981. Membership of the Branch is open to all persons interested in the history of working life and the labour movement, both industrial and political. The Branch organises a number of talks throughout the year, often including during History Week, as well as undertaking specific projects from time to time, and where appropriate works with other organisations to further the objectives of the Society. Sydney Branch members receive regular notices of activities by email or mail and are sent copies of the branch bulletin, The Hummer. The Branch maintains a Facebook page where members and interested others can access current information related to labour history and a Twitter account. 

Recent Events

On 30 April 2021, the Sydney Branch commemorated the centenary of the death of Percy Brookfield, the legendary trade unionist and politician, with a talk by Paul Adams on his life and legacy. You can listen to this talk here.

Sydney Branch Executive


Rosemary Webb

Vice President

Jim Rooney


Danny Blackman


Jim Kitay

Committee members

Neale Towart, Margaret Walters


Since June 1983, the Sydney Branch has published its own journal, The Hummer. You can access all back issues of the journal here. Jim Rooney is the current editor.

The branch is also involved in add hoc publications, including its very popular 2005 publication, A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement 1965-1975, edited by Beverley Symons and Rowan Cahill. While the book is now out of print, you can access it online here.

Riggers on the Harbour Bridge

To join the Sydney Branch of ASSLH, download the membership form and return the completed form together with proof of payment by email. The completed form and payment may also be posted to:

The Treasurer
ASSLH Sydney Branch
PO Box 1027, Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia

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