LHP Bulletin – August 2017

LHP Bulletin – August 2017

Welcome to the August issue of the Labour History Project Bulletin. Some of the articles are available to read online, or you can download the PDF to read the whole Bulletin. Each issue goes to members first, at least 3…

Labour 100: Gems from the Archives

Labour 100: Gems from the Archives

By Emma Kelly As part of the Labour 100 Project, Archivist Dr Emma Kelly has been working with members or ex members of the New Zealand Labour Party to assess their records for potential deposit or donation to archives, museums…

Book review: The Ascott Martyrs: Sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory

Book review: The Ascott Martyrs: Sixteen women from Ascott-under-Wychwood who were sent over the hills to glory

By Beverley McCombs (Wellington: Writes Hill Press, 2016). Reviewed by Peter Clayworth. The Ascott Martyrs were sixteen rural English women, imprisoned during 1873 for their role in an agricultural strike. They were residents of the village of Ascottunder-Wychwood, in Oxfordshire,…

Book Review: The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement

Book Review: The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez’s Farm Worker Movement

By Miriam Pawel (New York: Bloomsbury, 2009). Reviewed by Ross Webb. The story of the Farm Workers Movement (FWM) is an inspirational one. At the height of their boycott against California’s most powerful industry, seventeen million Americans stopped eating grapes…

Community, Cohesion, and Mining Safety

By Brian Wood The following paper is an edited version of a paper presented to the Labour History Forum, Sunday 23 October 2016, at the Runanga Workingmen’s Club. My subject is cohesion in coalmining communities and how changes to that…

Closure of the East Town Railway Workshops, Part Two: Inability to Help

By Russell Marshall In 1972, Russell Marshall was elected Labour Member of Parliament of Wanganui (as the electorate was then called). Rail was an important part of New Zealand’s infrastructure, protected by regulations that limited how far freight could be…

Statement of solidarity with Tariq Khan

The Labour History Project has sent the following statement to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in response to a targeted campaign attacking labour history scholar Tariq Khan. The Labour History Project is a group of New Zealand unionists and historians dedicated…