Dr Rosemary Webb BA(Melb), DipEd(Monash), MLitt(UNE), GradDipIR(UC), PhD(UNSW) 

Rosemary lectured in politics and history at Southern Cross University from 2003 to 2011.
As a labour historian, her doctoral and ongoing research addressed the collaborative
industrial strategies of Sydney’s female trade union organisers and women activists in
the interwar years. She is consumed by historical and political dynamics in justice,
geography, labour and mobilisation, including the mobilisation of refugees through forced
migration and diaspora. 

Since 1999 she has been a member of the Editorial Board of Labour History, the journal of
the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH): her scholarly memberships
also include the Australian Historical Association, the Society for the Study of Labour
History (UK) , the Economic History Society (UK) and the Australian Political Studies

Journal articles


Appreciable Injury to Health - confronting health and safety in Australia’s workplaces during the first half of the twentieth century, The International Journal of the Humanities (2009)

A state’s management of workplace safety is one indicator of its integrity. This paper uses...



Addressing work: industrial women and organising in the interwar years, Hecate (2007)

In the 1920s and 30s female labour organisers were confronted by industrial, economic, social and...



Collaborative women: industrial organising and the sex divide in Sydney’s inter-war years, Australian Feminist Studies (2007)

‘I have never been ‘‘feministic’’ in my approach to working-class problems . . . There...



Work - organisation - struggle : papers from the seventh National Labour History Conference (with P Griffiths), School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2001)


Industrial women: organising, strategy and community in Sydney 1917-1940, PhD thesis, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (2004)

This thesis examines the presence of women as trade union organisers and labour activists in...


Conference presentations


Labour biography on screen: the case of Freda Brown (with Lisa Milner), Labour history and its people: papers from the twelfth National Labour History Conference (2011)

The written biographies and memoirs of activists and leaders have long been core components of...



Work is a human right: seeking asylum, seeking employment, Migrant security 2010: refereed proceedings of the national symposium: citizenship and social inclusion in a transnational era (2010)

This paper argues matters of rights and of belonging in the relationship between forced migration...



‘Politics have replaced justice’ (Major Michael Mori, July 2006): the long imprisonment of David Hicks (Presentation), School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2006)

This paper draws together some key points and perspectives surrounding the imprisonment of David Hicks....


You could go to the Trades Hall and meet organisers: labour precincts and labour women in interwar Sydney, The Past is Before Us: Ninth National Labour History Conference (2005)

This paper analyses spatial influences in Sydney on labour women’s interwar industrial activism and strategic...


Getting the best we can for the workers: industrial women in New South Wales 1918-40, Proceedings of Frontiers of Labour: fifth biennial National Conference of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH, Perth Branch), Perth, WA (1997)