Later, Peter Love (Melbourne), Bobbie Oliver (Perth), Gary Lockwood (Adelaide) and Francis Bedford (Adelaide) discussed labour history and labour and social movement activism from the perspective of ASSLH branch organisations.
During the evening the ASSLH President, Nikki Balnave, announced the journal's 2011 prize-winning authors: Sue Taffe, Brad Bowden and Verity Archer (see the separate report in this issue).
The judges are the President of the ASSLH
and the Editor of Labour History.
There were a few changes to the composition of the ASSLH
Federal Executive in 2011.
In an address published in the ASSLH Bulletin's first issue, Gollan drew on a speech by Briggs to argue for a broad definition of labour history as 'social history in the fullest sense'.
51) McQueen's A New Britannia (1970), (52) although an attempt to explain the ideological orientation of the ALP through an exploration of the society that produced it, represented a fundamental challenge to the pluralist approach that Gollan and Fry advocated and which both the ASSLH and Labour History practised.
Greg, I am sure that I speak for everyone on the ASSLH
Federal Executive, the Editorial Board and the Editorial Working Party in confessing to a degree of trepidation about your decision to step down from the editor's position after such a long and illustrious innings.
Following the formal foundation of the ASSLH on a motion by Eric Fry, seconded by Don Rawson, Bob Gollan was nominated and elected President.
I made no secret of my intention to pass on my ASSLH duties to others as soon as suitable arrangements could be made.
In other exciting news, the Canberra Branch will be hosting the 2011 National Labour History Conference, What an appropriate location, given that 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of ASSLH, established in Canberra in 1961.
Please stay tuned to the new ASSLH website for further developments in the planning of the 2011 National Labour History Conference.
In her closing comments, federal secretary of ASSLH
, Nikola Balnave pointed out that conferences are essential in sustaining and invigorating the community of labour historians.