Deposit N308 - Radical Left Bookshops and Publishers collection

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Radical Left Bookshops and Publishers collection


  • 1989 - 1990; 1993 (Creation)

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(1933 - 1993)

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The International Bookshop, serving Melbourne’s Left and literary culture, started as a small Communist Party of Australia bookshop in Exhibition Street, Melbourne in 1933. It sold communist papers, books and pamphlets and imported Marxist classics and Soviet literature. After the CPA became defunct the Search Foundation funded the bookshop. The bookshop closed its premises at 17 Elizabeth Street on 31 May 1993.

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(1988 - c. 1994)

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The Left Book Club Co-operative Ltd was formed on 19 July 1988 in New South Wales. The clubs main object was to challenge the New Right ideas and to promote socialist ideas, principles and values. The first directors of the Club were Jennifer Wilkinson, Ted Wheelwright, David McKnight, Robin Gollan, Vera Deacon, Abe David, Christine Brunt (Secretrary), Allan Ashbolt, and Laurie Aarons (Chairperson).

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Newsletters and papers relating to the Left Book Club Co-operative Ltd, song lyrics and video of launch of Audrey Johnson's 'Bread and Roses' and papers about closure of International Bookshop in Melbourne.


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National Library of Australia: MS 9372 Papers of Robin Gollan; MS 9389 Papers of Stuart Macintyre; MS 8913 Papers of Guido Baracchi (files on the Left Book Club)

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Entered from deposit description on 20 August 2012; revised by Phuong Dang on 18 April 2016




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