Deposit M67 - Tom Brislan memoir

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Tom Brislan memoir


  • 1970 - 1972 (Creation)

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1 microfilm reel (20 chapters, 230 pages)

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(c. 1907 - 1973)

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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.

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In this memoir 'A Maverick among Marxists', accounts of phases of Brislan's life are mixed with reflections on issues at the time of writing. Topics include Catholic education, the Irish problem, the world wars, conscription, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Liberal Government of 1972, the Great Depression, industrial disputes (Queensland shearers c. 1930 and Balmain ironworkers c. 1943), the Australian union movement, the arbitration system, and the Communist Party.


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National Library of Australia: Mfm G 23067

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




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