Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes

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UNSW Press, 2010 - History - 368 pages
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Sydney: a beautiful international city with impressive buildings, harbour-side walkways, public gardens, cafes, restaurants, theatres and hotels. This is the way Sydney is represented to its citizens and to the rest of the world. But there has always been another Sydney not viewed so fondly by the city's rulers, a radical part of Sydney. The working-class suburbs to the south and west of the city were large and explosive places of marginalised ideas, bohemian neighbourhoods, dissident politics and contentious action. Through a series of snapshots, Radical Sydney traces its development from The Rocks in the 1830s to the inner suburbs of the 1980s. It includes a range of incidents, people and places, from freeing protestors in the anti-conscription movement, resident action movements in Kings Cross, anarchists in Glebe, to Gay Rights marches on Oxford Street and Black Power in Redfern.
  

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Contents

A different Sydney
1
Moral dilemmas
7
Remembering Vinegar Hill
13
Hyde Park Barracks
21
5 Johann Lhotsky revolutionary
28
The watch houses of Sydney
36
The Customs House
46
8 Cabbage tree and tricolour
54
26 Defending Darlinghurst from the Reds
186
Union Street Erskineville
196
28 The defence of Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda
204
29 The New Theatre
210
The Australian Hall 15052 Elizabeth Street
216
31 Welcoming the Nazi tourist Sydney Town Hall 1938
223
The Grace Building 7779 York Street
231
33 The Battle of Bligh Street
238

Garrison and Mariners churches The Rocks
61
10 Lucien Henry Communard Victoria Street Kings Cross
67
11 John Norton and the democratic riots of 1887
75
Iconic Henry and faded Louisa
83
The bookshops of radical Sydney
89
Bulletin Place
97
The terror of 1893 The Savings Bank in Barrack Street
105
On the stump in 1915 Speakers corners
114
17 The Battle of Central
121
The Friends Meeting House Devonshire Street
130
The Mortuary Station Regent Street
136
Rawson Place
144
21 The Trades Hall Reds versus the Domain Fascists
151
Fred Maynard makes progress St Davids HallSurry Hills
161
23 Joy and rough music on the picket line
168
24 The death of the World
175
The Worker Building Castlereagh Street
181
175 Hay Street
244
Imperialism at bay
251
36 Margaret Street riot 1947
257
Lawson Square
265
38 The Waterside Workers Cultural Committ ee
273
39Yout h Carnivaldefies MenziesThe city of theleft in the 1950
279
40 PO wall fountain Hunter Street
285
Lefties in the sky with diamonds 72 Oxford Street Paddington
292
Sydney Universitys front lawn
298
Kings Cross
305
44 The conspiracy against Ananda Marga
314
Darlinghurst Police Station
321
The Empress Hotel Regent Street
328
47 The invisible maritime wor ker Memorial at the NationalMaritime Museum
335
Recommended reading
348
INDEX
359
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Rowan Cahill is a tutor at the University of Wollongong in Australia. He is the coauthor of History of the Seamen’s Union of Australia, 1872–1972 and Twentieth Century Australia: Conflict and Consensus and the coeditor of A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965–1975. Terry Irving is a visiting professorial fellow at the University of Wollongong. He is the author of The Southern Tree of Liberty and the coauthor of Childe and Australia: Archaeology, Politics and Ideas and Places, Protests, and Memorabilia: The Labour Heritage Register of New South Wales.

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