Labour History No. 104 – May 2013


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Edited by Jackie Dickenson, Patricia Grimshaw and Sean Scalmer

Labour Women’s Leadership: Concept and History
Jackie Dickenson, Patricia Grimshaw and Sean Scalmer

Authentic Leaders: Women and Leadership in Australian Unions before World War II
Raelene Frances

“Vigorous-Minded and Independent”: Ellen Mulcahy as a Labour Leader
Wendy Dick

“A Fine and Self-Reliant Group of Women”: Women’s Leadership in the Female Confectioners Union
Cathy Brigden

Women’s Leadership in War and Reconstruction
Stuart Macintyre

“Those Knights of the Pen and Pencil”: Women Journalists and Cultural Leadership of the Women’s Movement in Australia and the United States
Diane Kirkby

Zelda D’Aprano, Leadership and the Politics of Gender in the Australian Labour Movement, 1945–75
Patricia Grimshaw .

Edna Ryan and Leadership: The Womens Trade Union Commission, 1976
Lyndall Ryan

In Pursuit of Union Leadership: Mary Bluett and Susan Hopgood and the Victorian Secondary Teachers Association, 1973–95
Rosemary Francis

Strategy and Structure in a Successful Organising Union: The Transformational Role of Branch Secretaries in the Australian Nursing Federation, Victorian Branch, 1989–2009
James Tierney and Christina Cregan


The Long and Winding Road to OHS Harmonisation
Eric Windholz

Inequality of Luck: Accident Compensation in New Zealand and Australia
Melanie Nolan


Emeritus Professor Joseph Ezra Isaac: Pioneer Scholar and Practitioner in Industrial Relations
Russell D. Lansbury and Chris F. Wright


Eric Hobsbawm, 1917–2012
John Shepherd

Charles Thomas (Tom) Stannage, 1944–2012
Bobbie Oliver


Donna T. Haverty-Stacke and Daniel J. Walkowitz, Rethinking U.S. Labor History: Essays on Working Class Experience, 1756–2009 (Greg Patmore)

Adrian Grant, Irish Socialist Republicanism 1909–36 (Bill Anderson)

Martin Duberman, Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left (Braham Dabscheck)

Alan Barcan, From New Left to Factional Left: Fifty Years of Student Activism at Sydney University (Malcolm Saunders)

John Connor, Anzac and Empire: George Foster Pearce and the Foundations of Australian Defence (Nathan Wise)

David S. Bird, Nazi Dreamers: Australian Enthusiasts for Hitler’s Germany (John Perkins)

Frank Mount, Wrestling with Asia: A Memoir (L. W. Maher)

Neil White, Company Towns: Corporate Order and Community (Linda Kealey)

Beth Tompkins Bates, The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford (Braham Dabscheck)

Patrick O’Leary and Peter Sheldon, Employer Power and Weakness: How Local and Global Factors have Shaped Australia’s Meat Industry and its Industrial Relations (Michael Barry)

Emily O’Gorman, Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (Deirdre Wilcock)

John Murphy, A Decent Provision: Australian Welfare Policy, 1870 to 1949 (Naomi Parry)

Fiona Skyring, Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia (Thalia Anthony)


Warwick Eather, “Throw Out the Socialists … We Hold the Destiny of this Country in Our Hands”: The Australian Women’s Movement Against Socialisation in New South Wales, 1947–1960;

Warwick Eather and Drew Cottle, Fighting from the Shadows: The Private Trading Banks, Political Campaigns and Bank Nationalisation, 1930–1949;

Warwick Eather, The Wagga Wagga Branch of the Australia Labor Party, 1891–1991
(Phillip Deery)


Dames and Daredevils for Democracy
Phyl Lobl