The Adelaide 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 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.
History Festival event 7 May 2017
What is Labour History? An interactive panel discussion
Come and participate as labour history scholars discuss this fascinating sub-discipline of democratic historical enquiry. Panelists: Dr David Faber, Ralph Clarke & Dr Don Longo. See event details here
Open Meeting 23 April 2017
Professor Philip Payton’s talk focusses on the early Labor movement in Yorke Peninsula’s copper mining industry 1864 – 1907. See meeting information here
The Adelaide Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History invites honours and post graduate students to apply for a grant of $500 to support and encourage original research and work relevant to the fields of South Australian labour and social history (broadly defined).
For further information see: Labour History Society Scholarship 2017
15th Biennial Labour History Conference
23 – 25 September 2017
The 15th Biennial Labour History Conference is being held at Emmanuel College in the grounds of the University of Queensland.
Conference theme: Workers of the World
Today, the Australian working class are workers of the world: in the sense that we are a predominantly immigrant working class (or the descendants of relatively recent immigrants); and in the sense that workers from so many of the world’s nations, languages and cultures have made their homes here.
The year 2017 also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution, which had such a profound impact on the labour movement in every country, not least as a result of its internationalism.
The 2017 Labour History conference invites academic papers and presentations by labour activists around our theme; and the broader agenda of labour history.
Details can be found at:
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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