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'. In 2013 he was
awarded a doctorate by the University of Wollongong (NSW) for his dissertation
"Rupert Lockwood (1908-1997): Journalist, Communist, Intellectual". In 2014,
Cahill was awarded the 'Professor Jim Hagan Memorial Prize' by the University
of Wollongong for this dissertation. Currently he is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty
of Law, Humanities and the Arts, University of Wollongong. 


Radical Sydney - Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes (with Terry H. Irving Dr), Terence H Irving, Dr (Terry) (2010)

Sydney is represented to its citizens and to the rest of the world as a...



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...



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...


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...



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 collection of poems by Ernest Antony (1894-1960) was first published in 1930, and since...

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...




Radical History and Labour History (with Terry Irving), Radical Sydney/Radical History blog (2015)

This piece by Terry Irving and Rowan Cahill was published on their 'Radical Sydney/Radical History'...



Mullen's Choices, Labour History Melbourne (2014)

Obituary/biographical note concerning Geoff Mullen (1947-2014), and his anti-conscription activities (1967-1972) in Australia during the...



Maritime Outlaws, Progress in Political Economy (PPE) (2014)

Discussion of the work of American radical historian Marcus Rediker, with particular focus on his...



'Fictional' History Opens New Front in War on Workers, Working Life (2014)

Critique of the co-winning author/text of the 2014 Prime Minister's Australian History Award: Hal Colebatch...



A Long Shadow, Labour History Melbourne (2014)

An account of the author's grandfather's role in World War 1, its tragic peacetime aftermath,...


Popular Press


Spying on dissent: it's the Australian way, The Guardian (2014)

A brief historical overview of the clandestine domestic involvement of ex-military personnel in Australian political...



Vilma's grey rage against Abbott shows the baby boomers won't go quietly, The Guardian (2014)

The author argues that Australian baby boomers are not necessarily compliant, gently quietist, future, or...



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...



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

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



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...




Home Front WW2: Myths and Realities, Alex Macdonald Lecture, 2014 (Brisbane ASSLH) (2014)

Beginning with recent attempts by conservative interests to depict some Australian trade unions as having...



The Radical History of Sydney University: Student Activism in the 60s, Sydney University Education Action Group (2014)

A personal account of radical activism at Sydney University during the 1960s by two activist/participants,...



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...

Rupert Lockwood abroad, 1935-38: genesis of a Cold War journalist, Faculty of Arts - Papers (Archive) (2007)



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

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



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

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



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...