‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’

Join History Council NSW at Ashfield Library on 8th June for ‘The Making of the Australian Working Class’. Book now for this free event!

Sources for the mobility of ideas that explain the strength of working class culture in Australia are scarce. Traditionally, historians have focused on educated and mainly middle class Irish rebels, English Chartists, and Scottish martyrs to interpret the rise of working class culture in Australia.

By shifting historical focus away from these sources and the ‘crime’ convicts had committed, Babette Smith instead argues that Australia’s penal conditions, and the prisoners’ reactions to them, were the crucial factors behind the making of the Australian working class. This special event is presented by the History Council of NSW and hosted by Ashfield Library.

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Splitters, by S. T. Gill, 1864, courtesy National Library of Australia.

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