A selection of primary and secondary source documents relevant to the history of the anarchist political tradition in Australia.
Melbourne Anarchist Club (1886 – 1891)
- Prospectus of the Melbourne Anarchist Club, 1886, at Reason in Revolt.
- Honesty, paper of the Melbourne Anarchist Club, 1887-1888, at Reason in Revolt.
- ‘Chinese Labor’, Honesty, Melbourne, August 28, 1887. [transcribed by slackbastard].
- Tremble, Tyrants, and Beware!!!, Herald, 29 January 1887.
- ‘Our social system and how it affects those who work for their living’, David Andrade, 1889. Scanned at Reason in Revolt, plain text also available at Marxists.org.
- ‘Progress of anarchism at the Melbourne wharf’, J.W. Flemming, 1889, in Honesty February 1889, reproduced by Takver.
- ‘The Melbourne Anarchist Club 1886-1891’, S. Merrifield, Bulletin of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, No. 3 (Nov.,1962), pp. 32-43.
- A Reader of Australian Anarchism 1886 – 1896, Bob James, 1979. Transcribed at Takver’s Initiatives.
- ‘Andrews, John Arthur (1865–1903)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1979.
- ‘Andrade, David Alfred (1859–1928)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1979.
- ‘Fleming, John William (1863–1950)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1981.
Active Service Brigade (1893 – 1895)
- Articles in Tocsin On Active Service, from Bob James, 1986, Anarchism and State Violence in Sydney and Melbourne 1886-1896, online at Takver’s Initiatives.
- An Anarchist Conference: Their Mysterious Lair, Daily Telegraph, 13 January 1898.
- Anarchy and Socialism in New South Wales, Sunday Times, 26 May 1894.
Industrial Workers of the World (1907 – )
- Direct Action (Sydney, NSW : 1914 – 1930), digitised back issues online at Trove.
- “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)
- Acracia: Publicación Anarquista de habla Hispana en Australia, 1972-1992, Acracia Press.
- ‘”The word makes the man”: A Catalan Anarchist Autodidact in the Australian Bush’, Judith Keene, 2001, in Australian Journal of Politics and History, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 311-329.
- ‘Anarchism, Communism and Hispanidad: Australian Spanish Migrants and the Civil War’, Robert Mason, 2009, journal article in Immigrants & Minorities, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 29-49.
- A Brief History of the Spanish Anarchist Refugees and Immigrants in Australia, Francisco Soler in cooperation with the Grupo Cultural de Estudios Sociales de Melbourne, 2012.
- The Spanish Anarchists of Northern Australia: Revolution in the Sugar Cane Fields, Robert Mason, 2018. [Not available free online, recommend you request your local library buy a copy].
- ‘House painter with a colourful past’, The Age, John Bryson, 2012.
- In memory of a Revolutionary Spanish Anarchist: a biography of Vincente Ruiz Gutierrez, Acracia Publications and Grupo Cultural de Estudios Sociales de Melbourne, 2016.
- Activities of the Spanish Anarchist Refugees in Melbourne, Grupo Cultural de Estudios Sociales de Melbourne, 2018.
- ‘Vale Antonio Burgos (May 13, 1918–October 31, 2018) : The Last of the Spanish Anarchists Exiled to Australia’, ASF, 2018, at slackbastard.
- Recollections concerning the Ford Strike and 1973 Workers Control Conference, Vincente Ruiz, 2022.
- More recent publications by Acracia and Grupo Cultural de Estudios Sociales de Melbourne.
Communist-Anarchist Press (1913?)
- What is anarchism, who are the anarchists : refutation of certain incorrect statements made in the central police court and elsewhere concerning the doctrine of anarchism, Ralph Carterer, 1913, Sydney. Online at Reason in Revolt.
Italian anarchist refugees in Australia (1922 – ?)
- ‘Anarchism in Australia’, Security Service of the Commonwealth Investigation Branch, 24 July 1942, in NAA: BP242/1, Q25027.
- ‘The Proletarian migrants: Fascism and Italian Anarchists in Australia’, Gianfranco Cresiani, 1979, article in The Australian Quarterly, vol. 51, no. 1, p.4. Online thanks to Takver’s Initiatives.
- Anti-Fascism and Italians in Australia 1922-1945, Gianfranco Cresiani, 1980. See in particular, chapter 5, ‘The Anti-Fascists’.
- Franteschini, Boris, 1914-1986, Steven Russel, 1986, originally in in Rebel Worker, Vol 5 No 7 (31) October 1986, reprinted at Libcom.
- ‘FG Fantin: the life & times of an Italo-Australian anarchist 1901-42’, David Faber, 2008, phd thesis, University of Adelaide.
- ‘The Italian Anarchist Press in Australia Between the Wars’, David Faber, 2009, Italian Historical Society Journal. Online thanks to COASIT.
- F G Fantin: A historical legacy retrieved, David Faber, 2016, article in the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia, No. 44, p. 77-88.
The Sydney Push / Sydney Libertarians (1940s – 1964)
- Sex and Anarchy: The Life and Death of the Sydney Push, Anne Coombs, 1996. [No ebook version available, most university libraries will have a copy].
- Sydney Libertarians, selection of articles at Marxists Internet Archive.
- Sydney Libertarians and Anarchism Index, Takver, 2006.
- From Protest to Resurgence, Robert Graham, 2016.
Bulgarian anarchist exiles in Australia (1951 – ?)
- ‘Bulgarian Anarchists in Sydney: Notes from interview with George H.’, Bob James, 1985. Reproduced at Takver’s Initiatives.
- ‘Marxism and Anarchism’, Jack Grancharoff, in La Trobe University Anarchist Collective (ed.), National Anarchist Conference, La Trobe University, Bundoora, 8-10 June, 1996., Melbourne, 9 June, 1996, p. 3.
- ‘Australian Anarchist History: Jack Grancharoff’, Joe Toscano, 2000, article in Anarchist Age Weekly Review, No. 415, 28 August 2000, retrieved from A-Infos.
- An interview with Jack the Anarchist (Jack Grancharoff), Takver, 2001.
- Jack ‘The Anarchist’ Grancharoff (1925–2016), Andy Fleming, 2016.
- NAA: A6119, 976, ASIO file of Jelesco “Jack” Grancharoff. Not yet digitized.
See Also: Red and Black: an anarchist journal (1964-2000), and Sydney Anarchist Group (1957-?)
Sydney Anarchist Group (1957 – ?)
- ‘May Day 1959: An Anarchist Message’, Sydney Anarchist Group, 1959.
- Anarchist Review, No. 2, Sydney Anarchist Group, September 1959.
- Anarchist Review, No. 3, Sydney Anarchist Group, June 1960. Known to exist, seeking a copy.
Red and Black: an anarchist journal (1964 – 2001)
- Red and Black: an anarchist journal, Jack Grancharoff (ed.).
- The Anarchist, (1970?), two back issues, Jack Grancharoff (ed.).
Note: I am in the process of collecting and digitizing back issues of Red and Black. Progress so far at the above link.
Anarchist opposition to the Vietnam War (1960s – 1970s)
- ‘Vietnam’, Jack Grancharoff, in Red and Black: an anarchist journal, No. 2, Winter 1966. [scan coming soon].
- ‘Paint Smeared on Troops’, Canberra Times, 1966, online at Trove.
- ‘Intercourse Without Orgasm’, w.b., 1970, in Tharunka, 14 May 1970, original in Trove with images, plain text reproduced here by Takver.
- ‘Power to all the people or to none at all’, Michael Matteson, 1971, from Peacemaker, Vol. 33 No. 9, reproduced at Takver.
- ‘Statements by Geoff Mullen’, 1971, from Peacemaker, Vol. 33 No. 9, reproduced by Takver.
- ‘Lessons of the Vietnam War, including: 1945 The Saigon Insurrection’, text of a pamphlet released by the Libertarian Socialist Organisation, 1977, text reproduced by Takver.
TREASON: The Revolutionary Emancipists Against State Oppression and Nationalism (1966-?)
- ‘Constitution of The Revolutionary Emancipists Against State Oppression and Nationalism’, 1966, from Melbourne Anarchist Archives, No. 1, 1968, online thanks to Takver.
- ‘Information sheet of: The Revolutionary Emancipists Against State Oppression And Nationalism’, 1967, from Melbourne Anarchist Archives, No. 1, 1968, online thanks to Takver.
- ‘A Short History of TREASON’, from Melbourne Anarchist Archives, No. 1, 1968, online thanks to Takver.
- Treason Magazine, 1979-1986 scans of eight miscellaneous issues at Reason in Revolt.[Continuity between this publication and 1966 group formed by Andrew Giles-Peters presently uncertain].
Solidarity [anarchist group] (1970?)
- ‘Notes on the Fucking System’, Solidarity, 1970. Reprinted in Tharunka 23 June 1970, under the headline ‘Cops Move In on Melbourne Anarchists’, online thanks to Trove.
Carnival Anarchism (1970 – 1977)
- Rising Free: a paper of libertarian struggle, 1976. [four issues published].
- ‘Carnival anarchism in Melbourne 1970-1975’, 2002, at Takver’s Initiatives.
- ‘Carnival and Class: Anarchism and Councilism in Australasia during the 1970s’, Toby Boraman, 2012, in Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Red and Black, Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta, David Berry (eds).
- ‘A radical activist to the very end’ [Peter McGregor obituary], Tony Stephens, 2008, smh.
See also ‘Sydney Anarchist Group (1974 – 1976).
Self-Management Group, Brisbane (1971-1977)
- Libertarian: a Self-Management Group Publication, 1975-1976. [at least three issues exist].
- The Self-Management Group and the Brisbane Libertarians, Tim Breidis, 2010. At Radical Times.
- An essay aimed at discovering anarchism’s relevance to modern society, Self-Management Group, 197?. At Libcom.
- Self-Management Group Ephemera, index only, content not available online, collection at Fryer Library, University of Queensland.
Sydney Anarchist Group (1974 – 1976)
- Assorted Press Clippings, 1954-1974, retrieved from Trove.
- Untitled “response to lies about the demolition of the Sydney Anarchist Group”, 1995, Graeme, “for the ghost of the SAG”.
- ‘Anarchism in Sydney 1975-1981‘, John Englart, online at Takver’s Initiatives.
- ‘Australian Anarchist History – Sydney Anarchist Group – 1973’, Joe Toscano, in Anarchist Age Weekly Review, No. 40, 12 June 2000.
- NAA: A6119, 7015, ASIO file of Peter James McGregor, in three volumes. Not yet digitized.
See also ‘Carnival Anarchism (1970 – 1975)’.
Get Out of Fitzroy! (1974-1975)
- ‘The Best TV Reception in Melbourne’: Fitzroy ‘Low-life’ & the Invasion of the Renovator, Tony Birch, 2003. [Pages 14, 15, 16 for reference to Get Out of Fitzroy! campaign].
Anarchism-Feminism Conference (1975)
- ‘The rebirth of Anarchism?’, unknown, 1975, in Honi Soit, 8 October 1975.
- ‘Theses against Separatism’, unknown, 1976, Victorian Regional Anarchist Bulletin, No. 4, Jan-Feb 1976, reproduced by Takver.
- ‘The Question is not ‘Organisation or no organisation?’ but ‘what sort of organisation?’ …And the same goes for structure’, a paper presented at the Anarchist-Feminist Conference, Canberra, October 1975, published in Rising Free, Number 1, March 1976, reproduced by Takver.
- Anarchist-Feminist Conference 1975, a brief extract describing the conference, from Dangerous Ideas: Women’s Liberation – Women’s Studies – Around the World, Susan Magarery, 2014, pp. 66-67.
Federation of Australian Anarchists (1975-1977)
- Federation of Australian Anarchists Bulletin, various, 1974-1977
- Anarchist Libertarian Self Management Workshop Conference, advertisement, Woroni, 1974.
- Towards an Anarchist Organisation and Programme, from FAAB (Federation of Australian Anarchists Bulletin), No. 1, October 1974, as reproduced in Anarchism in Australia. An Anthology, Bob James (ed.), 1986, and transcribed by Takver.
- The Organisational Platform of the Federation of Australian Anarchists, FAAB No. 3, Jan-Feb 1975. as reproduced in Anarchism in Australia. An Anthology, Bob James (ed.), 1986, and transcribed by Takver.
- The Split – a Monash Anarchist Perspective, FAAB No. ? 1976. Text online thanks to Takver’s Initiatives.
- ‘Australian Anarchist History – Anarchist Libertarian Conference 1974’, Joe Toscano, 2000, Anarchist Age Weekly Review, No. 394.
See also ‘Libertarian Socialist Federation 1976-?’.
Libertarian Socialist Federation 1976-?
- Libertarian Socialist Bulletin, No 1, July 1976
Melbourne Anarchist Archives (1975 -1979)
- Melbourne Anarchist Archives: Development of Melbourne Anarchism: Drafts, Documents and Articles 1966 – 1973. Published 1975? Transcribed and online at Takver.
- Melbourne Anarchist Archives, Development of Melbourne Anarchism: Drafts, Documents and Articles 1973-1976. Published September 1979. Online thanks to Reason in Revolt.
Freedom Collective, Perth (1977-198?)
- News From Nowhere: an anarchist newsletter, Freedom Collective, 1977-?
Jura Books (1977 – Present)
- Jura Books History, Jura Books, 2005.
- ‘Anarchism in Sydney 1981-1982: The Jura Split’, John Englart, 2002.
- ‘Anarchism in Sydney 1982-2002: Anarchism in two bookshops’, John Englart, 2002.
- ‘Crisis at Jura’, Peter McGregor, 1996. A-Infos list.
Libertarian Workers for a Self Managed Society (1977 – )
- ‘Towards an Anarchist Society’, Libertarian Workers for a Self Managed Society, 1998.
- Assorted LWSS / Anarchist Age posters ranging 1978-2008, collated from Ficedl.
- Anarchist World This Week, Joe Toscano, radio show, [On air since 1977, episodes from 2015-present available at 3cr].
- Anarchist Age Weekly Review, Joe Toscano, Anarchist Media Institute. [AMI published approximately 1000 issues between 1991-2012, some recent back issues on their website, others by request]
Libertarian Socialist Alliance for Self Managed Energy Systems (1978 – 1979)
- ‘Libertarian Socialist Alliance for Self Managed Energy Systems: 1978-1979’, Joe Toscano, Anarchist Age Weekly Review, online thanks to Takver’s Initiatives. [Page includes text of leaflet ‘Leave Uranium in the Ground and Build Self-Managed Energy Systems’, 1979].
Black Rose Books (1982 – 2015)
- Aims and Objectives of the Anarchist Movement, by the Redfern Black Rose Anarchist Bookshop Collective, May 1986
Affinity: Anarchist Quarterly (1983 – 1985?)
- Affinity: Anarchist Quarterly, no. 2, 1984. Online thanks to Reason in Revolt.
Institute for Social Ecology, Brisbane (1985? – ?)
- The Libertarian Ecologist, Brisbane Institute for Social Ecology, no 1, May 1998.
- No organised anarchists in Brisbane?, Hamish Alcorn, 1999, message to A-Infos list.
Australian Anarchist Centennial Celebration (1986)
Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (1986 – Present)
- Aims, Principles and Statutes of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation, ASF, adopted 1986, most recently amended 2016. [Note: keen to obtain a copy of this document as promulgated in 1986].
- Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism in Australia Today, Leigh Kendall, 1986. See also, revised and updated edition, 1997, Scam Publications.
- Sparks: Anarcho-Syndicalist Transport Workers Paper, 1986 – 1991 (approx), back issues online at libcom.
- Unity: The Voice of Concerned Postal Workers, 1988, issue 6 online at Libcom. Seeking any other issues.
- Anarcho-Syndicalism in Practice: Melbourne Tram Dispute and Lockout (January – February 1990), Jura Books, 1997.
- A Brief Herstory of the Melbourne ASF, Melbourne Local of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation, 2001.
See also: Anarcho-syndicalism in Melbourne and Sydney, Conal Thwaite, 2010.
Union Street / CircleA Press
Anarres Books (1992 – 2008)
- Who are we?, Anarres Books, 1997.
@Net (1993 – ?)
- ‘Proposal to setup an anarchist computer network’, Will Kemp, 1993.
- ‘The Anarchist Computer Network – A Year Later’, Will Kemp, 1995.
Sydney Anarchist / Sydney Anarchist Quarterly? (1993 – 1995?)
- Sydney Anarchist, May 1993, online thanks to Reason in Revolt.
- Sydney Anarchist Quarterly, August 1994 and Summer 1994/5 online thanks to Reason in Revolt.
Anarcho-Syndicalist Network (1995? – present)
- Rebel Worker: paper of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Network, 1982 -, selected back issues.
- All Scrap: Manufacturing Workers Paper, 1995-1997, issues no 1 (Dec 1995), no 3 (June 1996), no 5 (April 1997), at Reason in Revolt.
- ‘Rebel Worker and Accountability’, John Englart, 2002
- Sparks: The Rank and File Transport Workers Paper, archive at Rebel Worker. See also: Sparks, Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation.
See also: Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (1986 – Present).
Visions of Freedom conference (1995)
- Versions of Freedom, 1996, Visions of Freedom Collective.
Barricade Books (1995 – ?)
- Letter to the editor of the anarchist, Colm McNaughton, 1995.
- Barricade Newsletter, 1996?
- ‘History‘, Barricade Books, 2005
- Barricade Books recollections, 2022.
Food Not Bombs Melbourne (1996 – Current)
- ‘Food Not Bombs’, Fiona, 1999.
Love and Rage: collective of the autonomous left (1997 – 2002)
- New Subjects; New Alliances, Sergio Fiedler, 199?
- Vision and Realities of Student Activism at end of the Millenium, Love and Rage, Silo, 200?
- What is Love and Rage?, ainfos, 2001
- Impressions of “The Organised Left & Society: Bridging the Gap and Building for the Revolution” A Love & Rage Conference, Mark McGuire, Rebel Worker (via ainfos), 2001.
- This is Not a Commodity, issue 1, Love and Rage Canberra, zine, 2001.
- ‘The revolution begins in Bankstown!’: the 1999 Bankstown occupation, Tim Briedis, 2015.
- ‘Organizing: form an affinity group’, 2000, s11.org
- Melbourne Rising, SKA TV, 2000. Youtube.
- Protests against World Economic Forum at Melbourne Crown Casino September 11 – 13, Takver’s Initiatives, Takver, 2000.
- S12, the sinister science, 2020.
Indymedia (2000 – 2015)
- Melbourne Independent Media Centre: Decision Making Policies and Processes, Melbourne IMC, 2002.
Melbourne Anarchist Club (2000 – Present)
- ‘Aims and Principles’, Melbourne Anarchist Club, 2007.
- ‘Melbourne’s anarchists overshadowed by capitalist developers’, Simon Johanson, The Age, 2014.
- ‘Melbourne Anarchist Club in battle with property developers’, Jill Stark, The Age, 2015.
- ‘Anarchy among anarchists as anti-capitalist clubhouse listed for sale’, Matilda Bosely, The Age, 15 June 2019.
Mutiny Collective (2003 – 2014)
- Mutiny Zine, back issues from December 2007 (no. 21) through May 2014 (no. 71) online thanks to Jura Books. Back issues from April 2001 (no. 1) through December 2007 (no. 21) online at SLNSW.
- Police Intelligence Isn’t, Princess Mob, Mutiny No. 30, September 2000.
- Excluded Persons List, New South Wales Police, 28 August 2007.
- Unless You’re Free: an anarchist newspaper against war & militarism, March 2008, Mutiny Collective. Online at the State Library of NSW.
Anarchist and Autonomist Conferences / Anarcon (2001 – 2005)
- Documents related Anarchist and Autonomist Conferences at Takver’s Initiatives: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
- Posters and radio ads, anarcon 2005.
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (2004 – present)
- ‘Aims and Principles’, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group, December 2004.
- ‘Statement of Shared Positions’, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group, 2013. See also: 2015 and 2018.
- The Anvil, Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group, 2007-. [back issues at MACG website].
G20 Summit Protest (2006)
- ‘A Call to form an Arterial Bloc for G20’, Pacifist Petal, 25 October 2006.
- ‘The Battle of Collins Street’, Gary Tippet, Mark Russell and Chantal Rumble, The Age, November 2006.
- Final Report: G20 Protests, Human Rights Observer Team, Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Inc, 2007. Online thanks to MALS.
Student Housing Action Co-operative (2008 – 2009)
- ‘Student Housing Action Co-operative’, Mariscal, 2008, in Mutiny Zine, No. 30.
- S.H.A.C. Blog, articles, press clippings and documents, Aug 2008 through Jan 2009.
Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair and Camp Anarchy (2011 – )
- Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair posters, A Events Melbourne Collective, 2013 – 2018.
- Camp Anarchy Posters, A Events Melbourne Collective, 2013-2019.
- Camp Anarchy Reader, A Events Melbourne Collective, 2013.
- Safer Spaces Policy, A Events Melbourne collective, 2013.
Occupy Melbourne (2011)
- Occupy Reflects, James Muldoon (ed), 2012, online thanks to Reason in Revolt.
- OCCUPY POLICING: A Report into the Effects and Legality of the Eviction of Occupy Melbourne from City Square on 21 October 2011, Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team, 2012. Online thanks to MALS.
Anarchist Affinity / Collective Action (2012 -2020)
- ‘Statement of Principles’, Anarchist Affinity, 2013.
- The Platform, zine, Anarchist Affinity, four issues, 2014 – 2016.
- ‘Antifascist Political Work’, position statement, 2015
Black Swan (2013 – 2015)
- ‘Aims and Principles’, Black Swan, 2013.
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.
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