• Who is the prominent labour historian who has become something of a fixture at Yarralumla dinners of late? And could he please ask Uncle Bill for an extra three (3) invitations sometime between 9-13 July?
  • Good news from Melbourne. Many Hummer readers will be delighted to learn that well-known labour historian and stalwart of the Melbourne branch, Peter Love, has had his ANU PhD thesis on Prank Anstey passed by its examiners. Hummer sends its warmest congratulations and looks forward to the publication of this important work on a legendary Labor figure. Hummer would also like to reassure readers that while Mr/Dr Love is no spring chicken, he is by no means as old as Tribune would have its readers believe. A recent issue of that journal featured a photograph of Mr/Dr Love seated beside John Arrowsmith at the launch of a special issue of Recorder. The caption suggested that the person next to John was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War. That honour of course rightfully belongs to Lloyd Edmunds.
  • The last issue of Hummer made reference to the expensive labour history books produced by the Queensland University Press. Hummer is pleased to report that members of the Left Book Club can now purchase one of these, Stuart Svensen’s The Shearers War, for the far more reasonable sum of $25 (formerly $34.95). Inquiries to Left Book Club, Box 22, Trades Hall, 4 Goulburn Street, Sydney, 2000.