The South Australian Branch holds bi-monthly meetings, which focus on guest speakers rather than administration. Featured topics are wide ranging. Talks have included class inequality, economic development, gender equality, racism, freedom of association, superannuation, unemployment, and trade union histories.
Meetings are free and open to members, visitors and the general public. Afternoon tea is provided giving plenty of opportunity to chat with like-minded people.
The Branch also offers an annual labour history research scholarship and supports labour movement events, holds special dinners and participates in national Labour History conferences and the annual South Australian History festival.
You can register for events on the form below or just turn up. We look forward to seeing you. You can also use the form to send us your ideas for speakers, topics and other activities.
Where available, papers from previous events are included on the Papers page of this site. Recorded talks are lodged with the State Library of South Australia and can be accessed via its website (see Links page) Available publicity from past events is also included below.
17 June 2018 flier Tom Buchanan & Tom Mackay, A Company’s Country: BHP and Australian Culture during the ‘Golden Age’ of Capitalism
History Festival 2018 13 May 2018: Ray M Broomhill & P Ross Womersley: Work, Unemployment & Welfare- Then & Now
15 April 2018 Peter McCusker, The development of unfair dismissal law in South Australia
Developement of Unfair Dismissal Law in South Australia Peter McCusker
18 February 2018 Rachel Harris, Fuse Caps & Femininity: Munitions Production In World War II South Australia
15 October 2017 Mark Dean, Industrialisation & deindustrialisation in South Australia
LHSSA-15Oct17-FINAL Mark Dean presentation slides
20 August 2017 Professor Emerita Margaret Allen: Alien Workers in 19th and early 20th century (South) Australia
18 June 2017 Professor Andrew Stewart: The Right to Strike in Australia: A Brief History
7 May 2017 History Festival event: What is Labour History? Panel: David Faber, Ralph Clarke & Don Longo,
23 April 2017 Philip Payton, The Early Labor Movement in Yorke Peninsula’s Copper Mining Industry 1864-1907
19 February 2017 Bernard Whimpress, Politics and Cricket—the brief lives of Cecil and Marie Skitch
16 October 2016 David Faber, Adelaide 1916: The Advertiser, Conscription & The Easter Rising
28 February 2016 Phil Palmer, The survival & influence of the Ambulance Employees Association of SA
17 April 2016 Stephanie McCarthy, Tom Price: from Stonecutter to Premier
19 June 2016 Rhonda Sharpe, Are we there yet? The evolution of superannuation policy in Australia
AGM & speaker 21 August 2016 Dr Paul Chapman, Can Weatherill play Playford?
22 February 2015 Greg Stevens, Campaigning for Peace in Vietnam : The Adelaide Mobilisation
12 April 2015 David Faber, Today We Own the Streets
About Time History Festival May 2015 Jude Elton, Remember the Eight Hour Day?
16 August 2015 Andrew Leigh, Inequalty In Australia
AGM notice & speaker 18 October 2015 Will Sergeant, Bert Edwards, King of The West End
To register for an event please contact us