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The Making of the Australian Working Class
Thu. 8 June 2017, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AEST
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.
Hosted by Ashfield Library, this special event is proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for 2017, supported by Arts NSW.
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