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Comrades! : Lives of Australian Communists / Bob Boughton ; Danny Blackman (Editor) ; Beverley Symons (Editor ) ; Carmel Shute (Editor).

Comrades! : Lives of Australian Communists / Bob Boughton ; Danny Blackman (Editor) ; Beverley Symons (Editor ) ; Carmel Shute (Editor).
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Record Number 20794
ISBN 9781876300005
Location 335.43 COM
Author Boughton, Bob (editor).
Title Comrades! : Lives of Australian Communists / Bob Boughton ; Danny Blackman (Editor) ; Beverley Symons (Editor ) ; Carmel Shute (Editor).
Edition 1st.
Published Sydney, NSW : SEARCH Foundation, 2020.
Collation 1 volume.
Content types text
Carrier type volume
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Summary Note This collection of biographies of 100 Australian communists celebrates a century of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). The CPA started small, on 30 October 1920, but its members' dedication and the course of world events made it a national, even international, force. They worked on the wharves, building sites, railways; in factories, mines, shops and hospitals. Others were novelists, playwrights, filmmakers, singers and lawyers. Many were union officials; one was Australia's only Communist Member of Parliament. Some were seared by World War, Depression, or the Cold War. Others were propelled by the social movements of the sixties and seventies. What drew them together was their opposition to the global dominance of capitalism, their desire for industrial and social justice, and the impulse to escape religious orthodoxy and class and gender privilege. Communists dared to think about a world without war, without divisions of race and class; of a society based on cooperation and shared wealth, and an economy run for the people. They believed that ordinary people, working together, could change the world. The CPA was the first party to oppose the White Australia policy, to stand up against fascism, and to fight for Aboriginal rights. Its members imposed the world's first Green Bans, and they helped build hundreds of social movement organisations though which people fought to have their say in the country's future. The books, plays, films and songs created by its members helped create a uniquely Australian culture. Many were subjected to surveillance and repression by Australian political police, discrimination at work, and constant public attacks. Few were ever acknowledged in history books or the media. To mark the centenary of the Communist Party of Australia, the SEARCH Foundation, in association with the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, is compiling short biographies of Australian communists. This selection of 100 will be supplemented by many more on the SEARCH website (
1920's biographies: 1920s Bill Earsman by Bob Boughton; Christian Jollie Smith by Bob Boughton; Jack Morrison by Ken Norling; Adela Pankhurst Walsh and Tom Walsh by Susan Hogan; Fred Paterson by Ross Fitzgerald; Nelle Rickie by Cathy Brigden; Topsy Small by Danny Blackman; Hettie Weitzel (Ross) by Danny Blackman; Idris Williams by Phillip Deery; Mary Wright (Lamm) by Danny Blackman; Tom Wright by Bob Boughton; Paul Yolkin by Mike Donaldson.
1930's biographies: Jean Blackburn by Craig Campbell; Betty Bloch by Cathy Bloch; Max Bound by Mike Donaldson; Neil Byron by Daren McDonald; Joe Carter and Jim McNeil by Mike Donaldson; Flo Davis (Cluff) by Danny Blackman; Ken Coldicutt by John Hughes; Noel Counihan by Peter Beilharz; Ruth Crow by David Nichols; Alan Finger by Ken Bridge; Bill Gollan by Scott Poynting; Joan Goodwin (Finger) by Carmel Shute; Oriel Gray by Michelle Arrow; Sylvia Harding by Daren McDonald; Phyl Harnett (Ophel) by Charlie Fox; Charlie Jarrett by Don Jarrett; Rupert Lockwood by Rowan Cahill; Dick Makinson by Bob Makinson; Aileen Palmer by Sylvia Martin; Ted Roach by Mike Donaldson; Olga Silver by Carmel Shute; Pete Thomas by Meredith Burgmann; Paddy Troy by Hazel Butorac; Joan Williams by Bobbie Oliver; Kath Williams by Danny Blackman.
1940's biographies: Hal Alexander by Bob Boughton; Kay Alexiou by George Zangalis; Shirley Andrews by Bob Boughton; Eva Bacon by Deborah Jordan; Jean Bailey by Margaret Penson; Jean Bowden by Therese Collie; Sally Bowen by Mike Donaldson; Mona Brand by Michelle Arrow.
1950's biographies: Ralph de Boissière by Li Jianjun; Norma Disher by Margot Nash; Brian Dunnett by Roger Jowett; Judy Gillett-Ferguson by Patricia Ranald; Don Jarrett by Ken Bridge; Brian Manning by Julie Kimber; Audrey McDonald by Beverley Symons; Jack Mundey by Greg Mallory; Rex Munn by Don Jarrett; Ray Peckham by Mike Donaldson; Mavis Robertson by Bob Makinson; Yvonne Smith by Judy McVey; Bill Sutton by Phillip Edmonds; George Zangalis by Jock Collins.
1960's and 1970's biographies: Peter Barrack by Greg Giles; Rob Durbridge by Don Sutherland; Lance Gowland by Peter Murphy; Denis Kevans by Peter Earley; Marilyn (McCormack) Pittman by Jaquie Widin & Geoff Evans; Brian McGahen by Peter Murphy; Judy Mundey by Pam Hawkins; Merv Nixon by Peter Cockroft; Joe Owens by Verity Burgmann and Mike Donaldson; Pierina Pirisi by Simone Battiston; Nadine Williams by Deborah Durnan; Serge Zorino by Frank Panucci.
Topical Term Politics & government
Biography: general
SUBJECT Australian
Internet Site List of biographies
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