The History of the AWU

William Guthrie Spence
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History

Published

1 March 2013

ISBN

9780522862874

Weight

297g

Size

210mm x 143mm

Subjects

History

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The History of the AWU

William Guthrie Spence
History of the AWU is a first-hand account of the making of a union and the makings of a nation. It depicts the industrial and political struggles of workers in the late 19th century, and explains the motivations behind the people who forged Australia's most powerful and enduring blue-collar union.
W. G. Spence was not only an observer of momentous events, he was also a leading participant in those events. With that in mind, Spence's book is more than just a record of the circumstances that led to the creation of the AWU. It is also an expression of the ideals that inspired the Australian labour movement and a manifesto for future generations of Australian unionists.
With a foreword by Paul Howes, an introduction by Graham Freudenberg and a biography of Spence by Professor Nick Dyrenfurth, the updated History of the AWU is essential reading for everyone interested in how…
History of the AWU is a first-hand account of the making of a union and the makings of a nation. It depicts the industrial and political struggles of workers in the late 19th century, and explains the motivations behind the people who forged Australia's most powerful and enduring blue-collar union.
W. G. Spence was not only an observer of momentous events, he was also a leading participant in those events. With that in mind, Spence's book is more than just a record of the circumstances that led to the creation of the AWU. It is also an expression of the ideals that inspired the Australian labour movement and a manifesto for future generations of Australian unionists.
With a foreword by Paul Howes, an introduction by Graham Freudenberg and a biography of Spence by Professor Nick Dyrenfurth, the updated History of the AWU is essential reading for everyone interested in how Australia came to be the country that it is today.
Spence's history is the story of how misery and despair was transformed into hope and progress in Australia.
Paul Howes

Those of us who believe that a strong union movement is vital to the future success of the Australian Labor Party will welcome this new edition of History of the AWU by William Guthrie Spence.
Graham Freudenberg


Spence's histories blazed a trail for later scholars. Indeed, no serious student of the labour movement can avoid his giant contribution.
Nick Dyrenfurth

William Guthrie Spence

William Guthrie Spence was one of the most influential and enigmatic Australians of his era. From the 1880s through to the first World War, he was at the forefront of the labour movement and progressive politics in Australia. He was general secretary of the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Victoria from 1882 to 1991, and was appointed foundation president of the Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australasia (ASU) in 1886. In 1894 the ASU merged with the…

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