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South Australian Branch

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The South Australian Branch of the Labour History Society was formed in 1987 and continues to prosper and grow. Membership is open to all those interested in the history of working life, labour movements and traditions, and social history.

Members meet bi-monthly. Gatherings focus on guest speakers and the exploration of a wide range of topics, rather than administration. The Annual General Meeting elects an Executive for the day-to-day running of the Branch. Other special events can include dinners and activities in South Australia’s annual History Festival.

We participate in the biennial national Labour History conference, with members attending and some presenting papers. Each year we produce several newsletters and welcome contributions and ideas from members.

The South Australian Branch is registered under the Associations Incorporations Act (SA). A copy of the Constitution can be found at the bottom of this page.

Doug Melvin, President

Doug's involvement in the Labour movement started as an 18 year old union delegate with the London Central Branch of the GPO telecommunications union. After emigrating to Australia in late 1969 he very soon got involved with the Victorian labour movement and moving to SA in 1976 continued his engagement with the labour movement and in 1980 became secretary of the SE Trades and Labour Council based in Mt Gambier. In 1983 Doug was invited to join the staff of SA Minister of Labor Jack Wright, he continued in this role serving with Frank Belvins and Bob Gregory. In 1995 he took up the position of Director of International Industrial Relations with the former Federal Department of Industrial Relations. Doug returned to SA in 2016 after working for AusAid for 15 years in Canberra and soon again involved with the SA Labour movement join the Labour History Society later that year.