Australian Working Life

Conference in Sydney on 28 April

Working Life and Federation 1890-1914
Friday 28 April 2000, 8.30am - 5.30pm
Holme Conference Centre, University of Sydney, Australia

This important conference brings together a range of scholars to consider the impact of the Federation of the Australian colonies on urban and regional working life experience in the period 1890-1914. Organised by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and funded by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. The conference will be held in the Holme Conference Centre, University of Sydney on Friday 28th April 2000. The conference runs from 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Themes to be covered include the role of the state and individual activists, employer-employee relations, wages and arbitration, gender, race and culture. As the role of regional and rural Australia was pivotal to the success of Federation, there is a strong emphasis on participation by researchers undertaking work on regional issues. Contributors are John Bannon, Joy Damousi, Erik Eklund, Rae Frances, Mark Hearn, Lenore Layman, Stuart Macintyre, Ray Markey, Greg Patmore, Gaby Ramia, Kay Saunders, Glenda Strachan, Lucy Taksa and Nick Wailes.

The Conference is being organised by Greg Patmore and Mark Hearn and also has assistance from the Labour History Group at the University of Sydney and Pluto Press, who will be publishing an edited book based on the conference papers.

The cost of the conference is Aus$35 per person (Aus$20 concession) which includes lunch and morning and afternoon tea and abstracts of papers. To register for the conference, simply forward your name, address and cheque payment to the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Institute Building H03, University of Sydney, NSW, 2006. Australia. A registration form is available at the following website:

For further details, contact the Labour History office at the University of Sydney on 61-2-9351 3786, or email:

Dr Gregory Patmore

Posted: 30 March 2000