Brislan, Tom

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Brislan, Tom

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c. 1907 - 1973


Tom Brislan attended Catholic Schools and was involved in a wide range of occupations and unions, both urban and rural, in Queensland and New South Wales. In the 1940s he was prominent in the Australian Communist Party, from which he withdrew after being dropped from the Central Committee in 1951. Brislan was Secretary of the Balmain Branch of the Federated Ironworkers' Union in 1943. From 1940s-1951 he was on the Central Committee, Communisty Party of Australia. He was working on his autobiography, A Maverick among Marxists, before he died in 1973.


Queensland; NSW

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political activist; trade union official

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Created by Erin Gallant on 18 August 2011; revised on 8 September 2011




A maverick among Marxists (1973) [manuscript]
Robert Murray and Kate White. The Ironworkers: A History of the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia (Sydney, Hale and Ironmonger, 1982)
Amy McGrath. Forging of Votes (1994)
Daphne Gollan. "The Balmain ironworker's strike of 1945," Labour History, November 1972.

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