Seminars & Events

Death or Liberty: Sydney Film Premiere

A special event to mark the anniversary of the Eureka Stockade, co-hosted by Sydney Labour History, NSW Fabians and Unions NSW.

6.30-8.40pm Thursday 3 December, Unions NSW, 4-10 Goulburn St, Sydney

Death or Liberty – the new feature length docu-drama that brings to life the forgotten histories of the rebels and radicals transported to Australia as political prisoners in the convict era. Directed by Steve Thomas, and based on historian Dr Tony Moore’s book of the same name. Death or Liberty is an international co-production by Tasmania’s Roar Film and Ireland’s Tile Films, featuring a folk punk soundtrack performed by Billy Bragg, Mick Thomas and Lisa O’Neil.

Death or Liberty will be launched by Peter Fitzsimons, Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, followed by a panel discussion with Steve Thomas, Tony Moore and Mick Thomas in conversation with historian Assoc. Prof Kirsten McKenzie.

To purchase tickets ($10 each), click here.

For more information, contact Sydney Branch ASSLH:

Blue Mountains Labor Walk

Sydney Branch Member, Damian O’Connor is conducting a Blue Mountains Labor Walk with Labor Environment Action Network (LEAN)

Saturday 20 July 2013  9.30am – 4pm (full event)

Meet at Wentworth Falls Station

Former Minister for the Environment, Bob Debus will join the group and give a commentary.  Blue Mountains National Park was opened by Premier Cahill in 1959 and expanded by later environment ministers Carr and Debus

The walk is in two parts (second part optional).

  • 6km return walk to Wentworth Falls via Charles Darwin Walk. Then lunch in Wentworth Falls.
  • Drive and then steep walk to Darks Cave. (Named for Dr Eric Dark). Those who come by public transport can hitch a ride with someone in the group.

Those who wish to can make a donation to Susan Templeman’s campaign.

Limited spaces. Please contact Damian O’Connor ( to book or further inquiries, or join the event on this Facebook page which has full details (

Commemoration of the Titanic Sinking: An OHS Disaster

7pm Saturday 14 April 2012

The Atrium, Sydney Trades Hall
Cnr Goulburn and Sussex Streets

Speakers: Professor Michael Quinlan and Dr Sarah Gregson
Music by the Roaring Forties and Celia Briar

Cost $10

Click here for more information.

With Fists and Boots Being Freely Used: Anti-IWW Violence in Cobar

6pm, Wednesday 25 May 2011

The Shannon, 87-91 Abercrombie St, Chippendale
Friends and non members welcome

Guest speaker: Rowan Day, historian and PhD candidate University of Western Sydney

On the Street: Faces of Radical Sydney

Thursday, 9 September 2010
Trades Hall, 377 Sussex St, Sydney
History Week Event

Terry Irving & Rowan Cahill feature some of the agitators, thinkers, artists and dreamers who appear in Terry & Rowan’s book Radical Sydney

The Global Financial Crisis:Why did it happen? What lessons for labour?

6.30pm, Wedneday, 16 September, 2009

Training Room 2, Unions NSW, 377 Sussex St, Sydney

(Friends and non members are also welcome)

Guest Speakers: Geoff Robinson (Deakin University, Luke Foley (ALP Assistant General Secretary)

Philanthropy and Social Control: the administration of Titanic relief in Southampton, 1912-1959

6.30pm, Wedneday, 15 July, 2009

Training  Room 2, Unions NSW, 377 Sussex St, Sydney

(Friends and non members are also welcome)

Guest Speaker: Sarah Gregson