Horse drawn wagon and men with  banner taking part in eight hour day procession

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.


 Past Events


100 years of Communism

abour history CPA hist

Talk on the centenary of the Communist movement in Australia

Women and the CPA 2020

Struggles from the past and t


Greg Stevens October 21 October 2018

AGM Ageand 19 August 2018

AGM Dave Kirner

17 June 2018 flier  Tom Buchanan & Tom Mackay, A Company’s Country: BHP and Australian Culture during the ‘Golden Age’ of Capitalism

Thomas Buchanan and Thomas Mackay SA Labour Hist Presentation Overview

History Festival 2018  13 May 2018: Ray M Broomhill & P Ross Womersley: Work, Unemployment & Welfare- Then & Now

Ray Broomhill 13 May 2018

Ross Womersley 13 May 2018

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


Labour History Ambassadors Dinner 11 October 2014


Day Trip Correspondence 1999-2000


Notice of Meetings 1988 – 1991

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Minutes of Executive Meetings & AGMs


A selection of President’s Reports, submissions, talks by guest speakers and papers presented at conferences