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People’s History of Australia
We’re a podcast and blog about Australian history from the perspective of ordinary people fighting together for a better life.
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People’s History of Australia Oct 28
Episode five of our podcast is live! Think Australia during World War I was a nation united in a spirit of patriotism? Wrong. WWI witnessed riots, huge anti-war protests, and the biggest strike wave in Australian history. Tune in below to hear more!
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People’s History of Australia Oct 20
New People's History of Australia podcast coming out next week! We'll be covering strikes, protests and radicalism during the intensely repressive atmosphere of WWI-era Australia. Pictured below is a massive protest opposing conscription in Melbourne in 1916.
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People’s History of Australia Sep 24
Replying to @asintemple
Hopefully!
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People’s History of Australia Sep 24
Replying to @wrkclasshistory
Interesting! The most comprehensive history of the campaign (Rupert Lockwood’s “The black armada”) states that it began on Monday 24 Sept, as do newspaper reports from the time. On the latter see for instance:
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People’s History of Australia Sep 24
On this day 24 Sept 1945, Australian dockworkers began refusing to service ships being used to reimpose Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia after WWII. Choked by union boycotts and facing intense guerilla resistance, the Dutch were defeated and Indonesia gained independence in 1949.
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People’s History of Australia Sep 10
On this day 11 September 2000, tens of thousands of people defied the largest police operation in Melbourne's history to blockade and almost completely shut down a meeting of the World Economic Forum, which brought together the heads of the world's 500 most powerful corporations.
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People’s History of Australia Aug 27
Our fourth podcast episode is live! Tune in to hear the remarkable story of Nick Origlass - Balmain ironworker who led thousands out on strike, pioneering environmentalist, and legendary Trotskyist mayor of Leichhardt Council.
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People’s History of Australia Aug 27
Replying to @withsobersenses
Definitely! The Eatock family, and radical first nations’ struggles generally, are high on our agenda for new recordings. We also always appreciate it when enthusiastic listeners keep logs of how many times people are mentioned in our episodes ;)
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People’s History of Australia Aug 22
Replying to @Asher_Wolf
If you’re keen to hear a a podcast on that particular eviction, feat. Nadia Wheatley who did so much to uncover and research what went down, you might enjoy our second episode!
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People’s History of Australia Jul 16
New People's History of Australia poster! This one is for our first podcast episode, which celebrates a 1981 strike by 300 migrant women in Brunswick, Melbourne, against their brutal working conditions. Check it out and give the podcast a listen too:
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People’s History of Australia Jul 3
Replying to @withsobersenses
Interesting! The left does have a way of rehashing names and rhetoric that’s been used before (the name of this podcast itself being not entirely immune from that).
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People’s History of Australia Jun 17
Replying to @withsobersenses
"Hi Nadia this is Dave from Brisbane. I know you're busy being a famous author but why are so many publications called The Tocsin? Thanks bye."
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People’s History of Australia Jun 17
Replying to @withsobersenses
It's been a weirdly popular name for publications on the Australian left! Nadia Wheatley might know why:
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People’s History of Australia Jun 15
Our third podcast episode is live! With anti-racist protest exploding worldwide, tune in to hear how tens of thousands of people around Australia in 1971 waged a massive campaign to stop a sporting tour by the white supremacist Springbok rugby union team:
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People’s History of Australia Jun 11
In 1971, Australia exploded with protest against a sporting tour by the white supremacist Springbok rugby union team, with thousands directly disrupting games, and union action massively hampering the tour. Tune in next week for our third podcast episode covering this campaign!
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People’s History of Australia May 14
On this day 15 May 1969, tramways union leader Clarrie O’Shea was jailed for refusal to pay fines his union had been hit with. 1,000,000+ workers across Australia went on strike, and within a week O’Shea had been released and the anti-union laws he was jailed under rendered dead.
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People’s History of Australia Apr 24
Content warning: rape On this day 25 April 1983, 300 women marched silently through central Sydney holding a banner reading "In memory of all women of all countries raped in all wars". Despite 160 marchers being arrested, the action succeeded in generating enormous publicity.
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People’s History of Australia Apr 16
This might be of interest to you and your members!
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People’s History of Australia Apr 16
Our second podcast episode is live! Tune in to the amazing story of the tens of thousands of unemployed people who organised suburb-by-suburb in Sydney in the Great Depression to secure food and housing for everyone, whether they could afford it or not.
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People’s History of Australia Apr 14
Check out this AWESOME graphic by of the Workers' Art Collective for our upcoming podcast episode on the Unemployed Workers' Movement in Sydney during the 1930s! The episode's launching this Thursday night, so stayed tuned!
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