In November 1989 Ken Buckley retired as editor of Labour History. In recognition of his services to the Labour History Society, federal branch and Sydney branch, the latter’s executive bestowed life membership on Ken. Branch secretary John Shields expressed all of our sentiments very well when he wrote to Ken suggesting, ‘One shudders to think where the study of Australian labour history would be today had it not had the benefit of your scholarly enthusiasm, insight and eloquence’.
Hummer wishes Ken all the best for his ‘retirement’. (Given the number of projects he has on the boil the word ‘retirement’ is rather farcical.)
The new editor of Labour History is Terry Irving, confirmed at a meeting of the federal executive on 1 December. A distinguished academic and writer our society’s bannerhead, Labour History, would appear to be in very capable hands. Hummer wishes Terry all the best for a long, enjoyable and fruitful period as editor of Labour History.