People of the left

Reminiscences, biographies, obituaries

Black, Harry: Sydney’s most-loved wharfie

Bull, Tas: a comrade departed Seafarer and waterside union official, originally a Communist Party member, later moved to the right. By Jim Marr

Cliff, Tony: No more heroes any more. In memoriam, 1917-2000. Dave Renton

Deveanny, Jean:  One of the greatest of our women. Jean Devanny’s Revolutionary Marxism. By Carole Ferrier

Devanny, Jean: “A red-hot revolutionary and ranter.” Jean Devanny in the 1930s. By Carole Ferrier.

Freeman, Paul: Killed at Kursk, July 1921. Australian IWW leader Tom Barker‘s tribute to fellow IWW militant Paul Freeman, who died with his comrade, Artem Sergeyev, in a train accident in Russia. More on Paul Freeman.

Percy, Jim 1948-1992. Obituary for a founding leader of the Australian Socialist Workers Party, later Democratic Socialist Party.

Johnson Audrey, 1925-2002. Socialist, writer and associate of Helen Palmer in publishing the anti-Stalinist socialist magazine, Outlook. Obituary by Bob Gould.

Petersen George, 1921-2000. NSW Labor MP with a Communist Party and Trotskyist background. Obituary by Eric Petersen.

Petersen, Wilfred George: Death of. Extract from NSW Hansard.

Watts, Max, 1928-2010. Jessie Boylan

Watts, Max. Activist scribe struck from the left, Vivienne Porszolt

Woodbury, Stan 1923-1994

Wyner, Issy 1916-2008 (Tony Stephens)

Wyner, Issy 1916-2008 (John Percy)

Wyner, Issy 1916-2008 (Larry Wyner)

Wyner, Issy 1916-2008 (Alan Rosen and Johnny Hawkins)

3 Responses to “People of the left”

  1. Geoff Lawes Says:

    Hi,
    My name is Geoff Lawes. I live in Hull,UK. I am trying to collect and write down as much information as I can about the men from Hull who volunteered to go and fight Franco in 1930’s Spain. The Hull Local Studies Library currently holds no easily accessible information and I wish to put this right. I have discovered from going through microfiche copies of The Hull Sentinel, an old Labour and trade union paper, that Jack( James) Atkinson, who was killed at the Battle of Jarama, in February 1937, spent his years from 14 until about 21, in Australia. From his Sentinel obituary it appears that he was politically active in the Brisbane and Sydney areas prior to returning to Hull probably in 1933.The obiturary says,

    ” In Australia where he landed when he was only fourteen, he took part in many working class struggles. He was arrested in Sidney (sic) for resisting evictions and was an active member of the Workers Defence Committee in Brisbane. When he returned to his home town four years ago he joined the Communist Party, and actively participated in its many sided activities.”

    I have dispatched hopeful requests for further information to quite a few people in Australia whenever I have come across an e mail address that looks like it could lead somewhere and this is what I am doing here. Jack Atkinson as an individual seems to have vanished from history and any scraps of information that could rescue him from oblivion would be gratefully recieved. I have a photo of the whole microfiched obituary which I could send as an attachment.
    Regards, Geoff

  2. Geoff Lawes Says:

    Further to my old post of June 4 2008, here are links to two Mudcat threads which have more information about Jack Atkinson. If you can add anything you can post there as a GUEST.

    http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=125017

    http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=125084#2766953

  3. Jeremy Sutcliffe Says:

    FYI Oldham SCW memorial to be relocated.
    http://www.oldham.gov.uk/press/article/689/oldhams_spanish_civil_war_memorial_set_to_be_unveiled

    We have a council leader who is sensitive to heritage.

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