Labour History No. 119 – November 2020

The Toll from Toil Revisited: Lessons from the Past in Occupational Health and Safety
Edited by Michael Quinlan and Sarah Gregson

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Guardians of Workers’ Bodies? Trade Unions and the History of Occupational Health and Safety
Arthur McIvor

Knowledge Activists on Health and Safety: Workmen-Inspectors in Metalliferous Mining in Australia 1901–25
Michael Quinlan and David Walters

Pictorial Essay: Dangerous Workplaces

“Re-Emergence” of Silicosis and Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis in Australia
Beris Penrose

“Fix the Workplace, Not the Worker”: Labour Feminism and the Shifting Grounds of Equality in the US Workplace, 1960–91
Elizabeth Faue, Josiah Rector, and Amanda Lauren Walter

“No Place for Tourists”: Deaths on Western Australian Construction Sites
Bobbie Oliver

Philanthropy and the “Management” of Working-Class Women: The West Gate Bridge Disaster
Sarah Gregson and Elizabeth Humphrys

“We Just Thought We Were Superhuman”: An Oral History of Noise and Piecework in Paisley’s Thread Mills
William Burns


“If You Thought about Those Things, Your Life Would Be a Misery!” Mental Health and the Safety of Seafarers
Diane Kirkby

Railway Work, Life and Death: Exploring British and Irish Railway Worker Accidents, c. 1890–1939
Mike Esbester

OSH Research Should Properly Take into Account Gender Differences


Disability as Labour History
Lee-Ann Monk


Tasman George Parsons (1942–2020)
Elizabeth Rechniewski


David Day, Maurice Blackburn: Champion of the People;
Carolyn Rasmussen, The Blackburns: Private Lives, Public Ambition (Paul Strangio)

Paula Bartley, Labour Women in Power: Cabinet Ministers in the Twentieth Century (Marian Sawer)

John Lack, ed., 1919: The Year Things Fell Apart? (Martin Crotty)

David Walker, Stranded Nation: White Australia in an Asian Region (Gwenda Tavan)

Roger Bell, In Apartheid’s Shadow: Australian Race Politics and South Africa, 19451975 (Christopher Waters)

Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (Braham Dabscheck)

Masao Sugiura, Against the Storm: How Japanese Printworkers Resisted the Military Regime, 1935–1945 (David Palmer)

John Mulqueen, “An Alien Ideology”: Cold War Perceptions of the Irish Republican Left (Gerard Madden)

Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffmann, Olivier Giraud, Léa Renard and Theresa Wobbe, eds, Categories in Context: Gender and Work in France and Germany 1900–Present (Emma Robertson)

Lenore Layman and Gail Phillips, eds, Asbestos in Australia: From Boom to Dust (Bradon Ellem)

David Peetz, The Realities and Future of Work (Barbara Pocock)


Sam Oldham, Without Bosses: Radical Australian Trade Unionism in the 1970s (Brendan McGloin)


Women of Steel, directed and produced by Robynne Murphy (Yasmin Rittau)