Anarchism in Australia

A selection of primary and secondary source documents relevant to the history of the anarchist political tradition in Australia.

Melbourne Anarchist Club (1886 – 1891)

Active Service Brigade (1893 – 1895)

Industrial Workers of the World (1907 – )

  • “Bump Me Into Parliament”, Bill Casey, 1915, Song.
  • Tom Barker and the IWW, Eric Fry, 1965. Monograph published by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.
  • “The Iron Heel: The Suppression of the IWW during World War I’’, Verity Burgmann, 1982, book chapter in Sydney Labour History Group (ed.), What Rough Beast? The State and Social Order in Australian History, Allen & Unwin, pp. 171-191.
  • Revolutionary Industrial Unionism. The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia, Verity Burgmann, 1995, book, Cambridge University Press.
  • “The Australian IWW and ‘Direct Action’, 1914-2000”, Mike, 2000, in Bulletin of the Kate Sharpley Library May 2000 – No. 22. Online at Libcom.

Spanish anarchist refugees in Australia (1909 – 2010s)

Italian anarchist refugees in Australia (1922 – ?)

The Sydney Push / Sydney Libertarians (1940s – 1964)

Bulgarian anarchist exiles in Australia (1951-1966?)

See Also: Red and Black: an anarchist journal (1964-2000).

Red and Black: an anarchist journal (1964 – 2001)

Note: To anyone with access to back issues of Red and Black, I’m keen to get them digitized.

Sydney Anarchist Group (1974-1976)

Carnival Anarchism (1970 – 1975)

Self-Management Group, Brisbane (1971-1977)

Get Out of Fitzroy! (1974-1975)

Federation of Australian Anarchists (1975-1977)

Jura Books (1977 – Present)

Libertarian Workers for a Self Managed Society (1977 – )

Libertarian Socialist Alliance for Self Managed Energy Systems (1978 – 1979)

Treason: Anarchist Magazine (1979 – 1986)

Rebel Worker (1982 – Present)

See also: Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (1986 – Present).

Black Rose Books (1982 – 2015)

Affinity: Anarchist Quarterly (1983 – 1985?)

Institute for Social Ecology, Brisbane (1985? – ?)

Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (1986 – Present)

See also: Anarcho-syndicalism in Melbourne and Sydney, Conal Thwaite, 2010.

Anarres Books (1992 – 2008)

@Net (1993 – ?)

Sydney Anarchist / Sydney Anarchist Quarterly? (1993 – 1995?)

Visions of Freedom conference (1995)

Barricade Books (1995 – ?)

Food Not Bombs Melbourne (1996 – Current)

Love and Rage: collective of the autonomous left (1997 – 2002)

s11 (2000)

Indymedia (2000 – 2015)

Melbourne Anarchist Club (2000 – Present)

Mutiny Collective (2003 – 2014)

Anarcon (2001 – 2005)

Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (2004 – present)

G20 Summit Protest (2006)

Student Housing Action Co-operative (2008 – 2009)

Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair and Camp Anarchy (2011 – )

Occupy Melbourne (2011)

Anarchist Affinity / Collective Action (2012 – present)

Black Swan (2013 – 2015)

Sydney Anarchist Bookfair (2014 – 2015)

  • ‘The making of an anarchist bookfair’, Jay Kerr & Sid Parissi, article in Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, no. 62, pp-15-16. [No DOI available, search the title from a library with ProQuest access to retrieve].
  • Sydney Anarchist Bookfair posters, 2014-2015.

Other / Uncategorized

  • Melbourne Anarchist Archives: Development of Melbourne Anarchism: Drafts, Documents and Articles 1966 – 1973. Transcribed contents available at Takver’s Initiatives.
  • Melbourne Anarchist Archives, Development of Melbourne Anarchism: Drafts, Documents and Articles 1973-1976. A scanned copy is available here at Reason in Revolt.

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