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Welcome to the website of the Labour History Project (LHP). The struggle for workers’ rights has a long history in Aotearoa New Zealand. Many major historical events have their roots in labour-related issues and work has been a prime factor in our country’s history. Much of New Zealand’s labour history, however, remains undocumented and unpublished and the social history of work in New Zealand has been relatively neglected by historians. Without a more accessible labour heritage we overlook important ways of understanding New Zealand’s past and present, and vital perspectives on where we are heading. The LHP hopes to change this situation and is dedicated to fostering New Zealand labour history and cultivating this important part of our collective memory. .. Continue reading...

December 2013 Bulletin

The latest issue of the LHP Bulletin has been sent out to members. It includes articles on "Declaring 'Lawless Law' in Early Twentieth Century" and profiles of 'Peter the Painter', 'Grandma Green' and Johann Sebastian Trunk. We're also delighted to feature the three winning entries from the "Another World is Possible" essay competition. .. Continue reading...