Rowan Cahill (b.1945) has worked as a farmhand, teacher, freelance writer, and for
the trade union movement as a publicist, historian, and rank and file activist. In 1967
Cahill was a founder of the radical and innovative Sydney Free University (1967-1972);
between 1969-1973, he was a member of the editorial board of 'Australian Left
Review' (ALR), a bi-monthly journal of theory and practice published by the
Communist Party of Australia. During this period, ALR had a pioneering role in
introducing the work of Italian Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) to
Australian intellectual and political audiences. From 1970 to 1972, Cahill was employed
by the militant Seamen's Union of Australia (SUA) as a journalist and historian. A
graduate of the universities of Sydney, and New England (NSW, Australia), Cahill has
published extensively in labour movement, radical, and academic publications. As a
classroom teacher, he was a prolific contributor to education debate via contributions to
non-academic publications, particularly 'Education', journal of the NSW
Teachers Federation. Between 2001 and its final issue in December 2006, Cahill was a
regular contributor to, and Picket Line Correspondent for, the internationally acclaimed
Sydney based labour movement online journal 'Workers Online'. Currently he is a
part-time teaching academic at the University of Wollongong (NSW). In 2013 he was awarded
a doctorate by the University of Wollongong for his dissertation " Rupert Lockwood
(1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual". 

Books

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Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes (with Terence H. Irving), 1 edn, University of New South Wales Press Ltd (2010)
 
A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975 (with Beverley Symons) (2005)

During the decade 1965-1975, a cultural revolution took place in Australia. The future was seeded...

 

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Sea Change: An Essay in Maritime Labour History (1998)

An essay length monograph on the life and times of E.V. Elliott (1902-1984), a prominent...

 
Synthesis and Hope (1993)

A collection of the author's articles on school teaching and education, previously published in non-academic...

 
Twentieth Century Australia: Conflict and Consensus (with David Stewart) (1993)

A text book aimed at upper-secondary school students. It depicts Australian history during the twentieth...

 

Contributions to Books

Joining the Dots: C/58/63, Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files (2014)

An account of the surveillance operation mounted by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) against...

 

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OHS in China-Work in Progress (with Di Kelly), Work in Progress: Crises, Choices and Continuity. Proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ Conference (2010)

This article explores the barriers and challenges to effective implementation of occupational health and safety...

 
'Of the Things I Know I Sing': The 'Lost' Working Class Poet Ernest Antony (1894-1960), Labour History In The New Century (2009)

An account of the life and work of Australian working class poet Ernest Antony (1894-1960)...

 
Introduction, Ernest Antony: The Hungry Mile and other poems (2008)

This 'Introduction' is the first detailed account of the life and work of Australian working...

 

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Rupert Lockwood Abroad, 1935-38: genesis of a Cold War journalist, Labour Traditions: Papers from the tenth national labour history conference (2007)

An account of the travels and journalism of young Australian journalist Rupert Lockwood during the...

 

Articles

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Anti-radicalism and history from below, Overland (2014)

This article discusses aspects of the work of radical US historian Jesse Lemisch as background...

 
A Case of Open Access, Recorder (2014)

This article is an argument in support of scholarly 'open access', with the author's successful...

 

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The looming war with trade unions, Overland (2014)

In October 2013, the right-wing journal 'Quadrant' published the book 'Australia’s Secret War', an account...

 
Review: 'Disobedience: the University as a Site of Political Potential', Recorder: Official organ of the Melbourne Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (2013)

Review of Ken Mansell/Emily Floyd 'Disobedience: the University as a Site of Political Potential' (Monash...

 
Tony Harris 1948-2013, Labour History (2013)

Obituary regarding the life and times of Tony Harris (1948-2013), an Australian political activist, labour...

 

Popular Press

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Shaping Histories (with Terry Irving), Radical Sydney/Radical History (2013)

An account by Irving and Cahill of their developments as historians in Australia during the...

 

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Martial Matters, Radical Sydney/Radical History blog (2012)

Between 2006-2009, the author published a number of commentaries relating to the Anzac tradition, and...

 

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Press Gallery Punch-Up, 1938, and the Port Kembla Connection, Illawarra News (2012)

An account of a Canberra press-gallery punch-up in 1938, and its connection with the 1938...

 

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Anthropologists, Spooks, and the Boys Who Went to War, 'Radical Sydney/Radical History' blog ('Radical Ruminations' page) (2012)

An account of the Australia-based US Army Small Ships Section, and the involvement of Australian...

 

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Velvet Radicalism, Radical Sydney/Radical History blog ('Radical Ruminations' page) (2012)

Review of Nichole Georgeou, "Neoliberalism, Development, and Aid Volunteering" (Routledge, New York, 2012).

 

Presentations

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OHS in China - work in progress (with Diana J. Kelly), Faculty of Arts - Papers (2010)

This paper explores the barriers and challenges to effective implementation of occupational health and safety...

 

Other

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Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual (2013)

This doctoral thesis explores aspects of the life, times, and career of Australian journalist Rupert...

 

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Blog: Radical Sydney/Radical History (with Terry Irving) (2010)

This blog was initiated in 2010 in association with the publication of the book "Radical...

 

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Ernest Antony: A Forgotten Poet (2006)

An introduction to the life of Australian working class poet Ernest Antony (1894-1960), author of...

 
The Hungry Mile and 'Maritime Invisibility' (2006)

This is a 12pp. pamphlet published by the Sydney Branch of the Matritme Union of...

 
Picket line Dispatches: From the Joy Mining Manufacturing Dispute, 2000 (2002)

A pamphlet collection of the reports filed by "Picket Line Correspondent" Rowan Cahill to the...