June 2009 Newsletter

June 2009 Newsletter

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LHP Newsletter 46 June 2009 Contents

IN MEMORIAM
2 — Ernie Abbott and Blair Peach
Peter Clayworth commemorates the death of Ernie Abbott in the Wellington Trades Hall bombing in 1984, and the death of Blair Peach, the New Zealander killed by Police in London in 1979.

NEWS ROUND-UP
4 — Kiwi Compañeros — New Zealanders in the Spanish Civil War
Mark Derby, editor of Kiwi Compañeros, reports on the launch of this unique book about New Zealand’s response to the Spanish Civil War.

5 — Seminar report: Working Women’s Charter
Jane Parker and Fran Laneyrie report on a significant meeting about the Working Women’s Charter held by the Auckland Labour History Group in May 2009.

10 — Grey District Councillors Fight Communism at Blackball
Some recent discussions and correspondence about the proposed memorial to the events in Blackball 1908 show Cold War attitudes are alive and well on the West Coast.

REVIEWS
13 — Book Review
Kerry Taylor reviews War and Class: The Diary of Jack McCullough edited by Melanie Nolan.

14 — A lens on the left: labour history and left wing causes on film and television
Alex Burton outlines what’s available at the Film Archive.

16 — Fighting Back
One of the films available through the Film Archive is Cecil Holmes’ 1949 film ‘Fighting Back’, now 60 years old. Dean Parker wrote about its background for a celebration of the film in 2008.

FEATURE ARTICLES
18 — The 1920 Chelsea sugar workers’ strike
Auckland City Libraries’ Local History Librarian, David Verran, looks back to a sugar workers’ strike that left a sour taste.

20 — Jack Lyon — soldier, democrat, internationalist
Mark Derby uncovers the life of Jack Lyon.

23 — Searching the Wellington Trades Council Archives
Lisa Sacksen remembers attending smoke-filled meetings at Wellington Trades Hall in the 1970s. Here, she discusses using the Wellington Trades Council archives for her research on second wave feminism and communist parties in New Zealand from the 1960s to the 1990s.

28 — Looking For Answers
Forthcoming publication on Elsie Locke by Maureen Birchfield.