A new place to explore Labor’s History
The Chifley Research Centre has launched http://www.laborhistory.org.au – a new resource to allow all interested Australians to take a fresh look at Labor’s History at a national level. Labor in government and in opposition has played a critical role in shaping Australia, and this website is a new way to explore how policy has been made and a nation changed.
New stories and hidden histories
Labor History brings to life parts of our story which have been hidden from view for too long. Here you can explore the key Conference debates and campaigns which have shaped Australia, and meet some of the characters who have made Labor Australia’s oldest and most enduring political party.
o See Andrew Fisher and King O’Malley as they lay the foundation stone for the National Capital.
o Watch Labor’s original 1946 election campaign ads which were originally screened in movie theatres
o Hear Lionel Murphy support protesters calls to end the war in Vietnam.
o Watch the original “It’s Time” commercial in all its glory
A growing site for Labor History
Labor History presents a timeline that stretches from the beginnings of the ALP in the 1890s to the great victory of 1983. Over coming years, the site will build on these periods by providing even more material drawn from the archives of the ALP (National Secretariat), other government archives and material from you.
A role for Party members, local historians, True Believers
Labor’s history has been created by millions of Party members and supporters, through work inside the ALP and through campaigns in the community. Labor History wants to show the historical work of the ALP in all its forms – the work of politicians and reformers, but also the tireless work of Branch members and supporters. That’s why the site also invites members to share their unique examples of Labor History with other viewers. On the site you can send in photos of document files of examples from your local area, or showing your contribution to the Party. People have already sent in examples of branch minutes from our early history and photos of Labor figures, never before seen in public.
You can contribute your original examples of Labor’s history directly to the site by uploading them here. Help us to build Labor’s story by letting us know about other resources on the internet here.
Help build our history
The Chifley Research Centre invites you to help build the history of progressive Australia through this new website.
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