Assorted Press Clippings: Sydney Anarchist Group

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Author: Various
Originally Published: Various
Retrieved from: Trove Newspaper Archive

The name “Sydney Anarchist Group” appears to have been used by at least three different groups in period 1954-1974. According to a correspondent:

The reference to SAG in the 1954 media was an entirely fictitious group and was a more a reference to some of those who would identify as anarchists associated with the Push.

The SAG founded in Sydney in 1956 were Bulgarian CNT-B exiles. The authors of the 1959 leaflet was George Hristov and Alex Bonev (both later founding members of ASF in 1986). This SAG also established the notorious Anarchist Cellar in 1966 at the corner of Oxford St and Glenmore Rd. This would be the same SAG referenced in the 1966 newspaper report as they produced a lot of leaflets.

There is also the SAG started in 1974 at the initiative of the late Peter McGregor and came to include Wendy Bacon, Mark McGuire, Jim Couch, Ken Hauptman, Erica Iles and others … It was more of a loose grouping rather than a formally organised group … [The late] Ken Hauptman was a qualified veterinarian who ran the cat desexing service. … This SAG also published two issues of a paper called ‘Rising Free’ 1975/76 and was based in a well-known three story squat ‘commune’ at 130 Glebe Point Rd.

The following press clippings were retrieved from Trove. Machine transcriptions available on Trove, input the article details from caption in Trove Newspaper search to retrieve.

Corrected transcripts still required.

The Australian Women’s Weekly (1933 – 1982) Wednesday 9 June 1954 p 20
The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 – 1995) Thursday 9 June 1966 p 1
Tharunka (Kensington, NSW : 1953 – 2010) Wednesday 24 July 1974 p 8
Tribune (Sydney, NSW : 1939 – 1976) Tuesday 23 July 1974 p 10
Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 – 1954), Tuesday 27 April 1954
Tharunka (Kensington, NSW : 1953 – 2010) Wednesday 31 July 1974 p 12