19th C bibliography

Colonial Australia
A bibliography

Originally compiled as part of a research project. Not a list of works by Marxists, but rather a list of sources Marxists will find particularly useful, in that they tend to focus on class, gender, race, economic history and so on. A few simple notes have been added where the title doesn't give you enough feel for the contents, and/or to assist non-Australian readers. The fact that a book is listed here doesn't mean we necessarily agree with it.


Alford, Katrina, Production or Reproduction, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1984. Women in history.

Alfort, Katrina, ‘Gilt-Edged Women: Women and Mining in Colonial Australia’, Working Papers in Economic History, No 64, Australian National University, Canberra, 1986.

Allen, Judith, ‘The Making of a Prostitute Proletariat in Early Twentieth Century New South Wales’, in Daniels (1984).

Alomes, Stephen, ‘Australian Nationalism in the Eras of Imperialism and "Internationalism"', in Arnold, Spearitt and Walker.

Armstrong, Mick, The Origins of the Australian Labor Party, Socialist Alternative, Melbourne, 1996.

Arnold, John, Spearitt, Peter, and Walker, David (eds) Out of Empire: The British Domination of Australia, Mandarin, Melbourne, 1993.

Aveling, Marian and Joy Damousi (eds), Stepping out of History, Documents of Women at Work in Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney ,1991.

Bacchi, ‘The ‘Woman Question’’, in Richards.

Baker, D.W.A. ‘The Origins of Robertson’s Land Acts’, Historical Studies, No 30, May 1958.

Baker, John S, Communicators and their First Trade Unions: A History of the Telegraphist and Postal Clerk Unions of Australia, Union of Postal Clerks and Telegraphists, Sydney, 1980.

Bell, Diane, Daughters of the Dreaming, McPhee Gribble/Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1990. Women in Aboriginal society.

Berzins, Baiba, The Coming of the Strangers: Life in Australia, 1788-1822.

Blainey, Geoffrey, A Land Half Won, MacMillan, Melbourne 1980. General history.

Bongiorno, Frank, ‘Marxism and the Victorian Labour Movement’, in Ferrier, Carole and Pelan, Rebecca (eds), The Point of Change: Marxism/Australia/History/Theory, Australian Studies Centre, Department of English, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 1998.

Brooks, Raymond, ‘The Melbourne Tailoresses’ Strike, 1882-1883: An Assessment’, Labour History, No 44, May 1983.

Buckley, K.D. (Ken), The Amalgamated Engineers in Australia, 1852-1920, ANU 1970. About the engineers' union.

Buckley, Ken and Ted Wheelwright (1988), No Paradise for Workers: Capitalism and the Common People in Australia 1788-1914, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Burgmann, Verity, ‘Capital and Labour’, in Curthoys and Markus.

Burgmann, Verity, 'In our Time’: Socialism and the Rise of Labor, 1885-1905 Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1985.

Burgman, Verity, ‘Premature Labour: The Maritime Strike and the Parliamentary Strategy’, in Hagan and Wells.

Butler-Bowdon, Eddie, In the Service? A History of Railway Workers and their Union, Hyland House, South Yarra, 1991.

Butlin, N.G., Economics and the Dreamtime, A Hypothetical History, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1993. Economic history before and shortly after the arrival of the whites.

Butlin, N.G., Forming a Colonial Economy, Australia 1810-1850, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1994.

Cannon, Michael, Australia in the Victorian Age: Vol 1, Who’s Master? Who’s Man?, John Currey O’Neil, Melbourne, 1982; Vol 2, Life in the Country, Nelson, Melbourne, 1973.

Carboni, Raffaelo, The Eureka Stockade, Melbourne University Press 1993. Written by a participant.

Cashen, John, ‘Owners of Labour’, in Richards.

Churchward, L.G. (Lloyd), ‘Americans and Other Foreigners at Eureka’, Historical Studies, Australia and New Zealand, Eureka Centenary Supplement, University of Melbourne, December 1954.

Clark, C.M.H. (Manning), A History of Australia II, New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land 1822-1838, Melbourne University Press, 1968.

Connell, R.W. ‘The Convict Rebellion of 1804’, Melbourne Historical Journal, Vol 5, 1965.

Connell, R.W. and T.H. Irving, Class Structure in Australian History, Documents, Narrative and Argument, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne 1980.

Cronin, Kathryn, Colonial Casualties: Chinese in Early Victoria, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1982.

Crowley, F.K., ‘Working Class Conditions in Australia, 1788-1851’, PhD, Melbourne University 1949.

Curthoys, Ann and Andrew Markus, Who Are Our Enemies? Racism and the Working Class in Australia, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1978. A collection by leftists.

Curthoys, Ann, ‘Conflict and Consensus: The Seamen’s Strike of 1878’, in Curthoys and Markus.

Dale, Liza, ‘The Rural Context of Masculinity and the "Woman Question": An Analysis of the Amalgamated Shearers’ Union Support for Women’s Equality, NSW, 1890-1895’, Monash Publications in History No 8, Melbourne 1991.

Daniels, Kay, (ed), So Much Hard Work: Women and Prostitution in Australian History, Fontana, Sydney, 1984.

Daniels, Kay and Mary Murnane, Uphill All the Way, A Documentary History of Women in Australia, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 1980.

Davidson, Alistair, The Invisible State: The Formation of the Australian State 1788-1901, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 1991

Davies, Mel, ‘Cornish Miners and Class Relations in Early Colonial South Australia: The Burra Burra Strikes of 1848-49’, Historical Studies, 26 (5), October 1995.

Davison, Graeme, The Rise and Fall of Marvelous Melbourne, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1978.

Deacon, Desley, Managing Gender: The State, the New Middle Class and Women Workers 1830-1930, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1989.

Donkin, Nance, The Women Were There: Nineteen Women Who Enlivened Australia’s History, Collins Dove, Melbourne 1988.

Donovan, P.F., ‘Australia and the Great London Dock Strike: 1889’, Labour History No 23, November 1972.

Dutton, Geoffrey, The Squatters: An Illustrated History of Australia’s Pastoral Pioneers, Viking O’Neil, Melbourne 1985.

Evans, Raymond, Saunders, Kay and Cronin, Kathryn, Race Relations in Colonial Queensland, A History of Exclusion, Exploitation and Extermination, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia 1988.

Fisher, Shirley, ‘Sydney Women and the Workforce 1870-90, in Max Kelly (ed), Nineteenth-Century Sydney: Essays in Urban History, Sydney University Press, Sydney 1878.

Fitzgerald, Shirley, Rising Damp: Sydney 1870-1890, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1987.

Fitzpatrick, Brian, British Imperialism and Australia 1973-1833, An Economic History of Australia, Sydney University Press 1971.

Fitzpatrick, Brian, A Short History of the Australian Labor Movement, MacMillan, Melbourne 1968.

Fletcher, Brian, Colonial Australia Before 1850, Nelson, Melbourne 1986.

Foster, S.G., ‘Aboriginal Rights and Official Morality’, The Push from the Bush No 11, November 1981.

Frances, Raelene, The Politics of Work: Gender and Labour in Victoria 1880-1939, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne 1993.

Fry, Eric (ed) Rebels & Radicals, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1983.

Fry, Ken, Beyond the Barrier, Class Formation in a Pastoral Society, Bathurst 1818-1848, Crawford House Press, Bathurst 1993.

Furphy, Joseph, Such is Life, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1980.

Garden, Don, Victoria: A History, Nelson, Melbourne, 1984.

Gollan, Robin, Radical and Working Class Politics, A Study of Eastern Australia 1850-1910, Melbourne University Press 1960.

Gollan Robin, The Coalminers of New South Wales: A History of the Union, 1860-1960, Melbourne University Press 1963.

Goodall, Heather, Invasion to Embassy: Land in Aboriginal Politics in New South Wales, 1770-1872, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1996.

Goodman, David, Gold Seeking: Victoria and California in the 1850s, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1994.

Grassby, Al and Marji Jill, Six Australian Battlefields, The Black Resistance of Invasion and the White Struggle Against Colonial Oppression, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1988.

Griffin, James (ed) Essays in Economic History of Australia, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1970.

Grimshaw, Patricia et al, Creating a Nation, McPhee Gribble, Melbourne, 1994. Feminist general history of Australia.

Hagan, Jim and Wells, Andrew, The Maritime Strike: A Centennial Retrospective: Essays in Honour of Eric Fry, Five Islands Press, Wollongong ,1992.

Hirst, J.G., Convict Society and its Enemies: A History of Early New South Wales, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1983.

Hirst, J.G., The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy: New South Wales 1848-1884, Allen & Unwin, Sydney ,1988.

Hogan Michael, The Sectarian Strand: Religion in Australian History, Penguin, Ringwood, 1987.

Hughes, Helen, ‘The Eight Hour Day and the Development of the Labour Movement in Victoria in the Eighteen-Fifties’, Historical Studies, Vol 9, No 36, 1961.

Hughes, Robert, The Fatal Shore: A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, 1787-1868, Collins Harvill, London 1987.

Hunt, Doug, ‘Exclusivism and Unionism: Europeans in the Queensland Sugar Industry 1900-10’, in Curthoys and Markus (1978).

Hunt, Susan, Spinifex and Hessian: Women in North-West Australia, 1860-1900, University of Western Australia Press, Perth, 1986.

Irving, Helen, To Constitute a Nation: A Cultural History of Australia’s Constitution, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1997.

Irving, Terry (ed), Challenges to Labour History, UNSW Press, Sydney, 1994.

Irving, Terry, ‘Society and the Language of Class, in Meaney, Neville (ed) Under New Heavens: Cultural Transmission and the Making of Australia, Heinemann, Melbourne 1989.

Kent, Bruce, ‘Agitation on the Victorian Gold Fields 1851-4: An Interpretation’, Historical Studies, Australia and New Zealand, November 1954.

Kiddle, Margaret, Men of Yesterday, A Social History of the Western District of Victoria, 1834-1890, Melbourne 1963.

King, Hazel, Richard Bourke, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1971. Not left wing at all, but it's thorough and it's the only book on this early Governor.

King, Jonathan (ed), The First Settlement: The Convict Village that Founded Australia 1788-90, MacMillan, Melbourne 1984.

Kingston, Beverley, My Wife, My Daughter, and Poor Mary Ann: Women and Work in Australia, Nelson, Melbourne, 1977.

Knapman, Claudia, 'Reproducing Empire: Exploring Ideologies of Gender and Race on Australia's Pacific Frontier', in Margarey, Rowley and Sheridan.

Knight, Ruth, Illiberal Liberal: Robert Lowe in New South Wales, 1842-1850, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne 1966.

Kociumbas, Jan, The Oxford History of Australia, Vol 2, 1770-1860, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1991. Standard history, quite good.

Lawson, Henry, While the Billy Boils, Lloyd O’Neil, Melbourne 1970. Stories by the populist writer.

Lee, Jenny and Fahey, Charles, ‘A Boom for Whom? Some Developments in the Australian Labour Market, 1870-1891,’ in Russel and White.

Lockwood, Rupert, Ship to Shore: A History of Melbourne’s Waterfront and Its Union Struggles, Hale & Ironmonger, Sydney 1990.

Macintyre, Stuart, Winners and Losers: The Pursuit of Social Justice in Australian History, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1985.

Macintyre, Stuart, ‘Neither Capital nor Labour: The Politics of the Establishment of Arbitration’, in Macintyre and Mitchell

Macintyre, Stuart and Mitchell, Richard, Foundations of Arbitration: The Origins and Effects of State Compulsory Arbitration, 1890-1914, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1989.

Main, J.M., ‘Men of Capital’, in Richards.

Margarey, Susan, Rowley, Sue and Sheridan, Susan, Debutante Nation: Feminism Contests the 1890s, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1993. Collection of essays.

Markey, Raymond, The Making of the Labor Party in New South Wales 1880-1900, NSW University Press, Sydney 1988.

Markey, Raymond, ‘Trade Unions, the Labor Party and the Introduction of Arbitration in New South Wales and the Commonwealth’, in Macintyre and Mitchell.

Markus, Andrew, Fear and Hatred: Purifying Australia and California 1850-1901, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney 1979.

Martin, A.W., Essays in Australian Federation, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976.

Martin, Ged, ‘Introduction’, The Founding of Australia, The Argument About Australia’s Origins, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney 1978.

Massola, Aldo, Coranderrk: A History of the Aboriginal Station, Lowden Publishing Company, Kilmore, 1975.

McMinn, W.G., Nationalism and Federalism in Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne 1994

McQueen, Humphrey, A New Britannia: An Argument concerning the Social Origins of Australian Radicalism and Nationalism, Penguin, Melbourne, 1978.

McQuilton, John, The Kelly Outbreak, 1878-1880: The Geographical Dimension of Social Banditry, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979. About Ned Kelly et al.

Meaney, Neville, ‘‘The Yellow Peril’: Invasion Scare Novels and Australian Political Culture’, in Stewart.

Merritt, John, The Making of the AWU, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1986.

Miller, James, Koori: A Will to Win, Angus and Robertson, Sydney 1985.

Molony, John, Eureka, Penguin, Melbourne 1984. Story of the revolt.

Moss, Jim, Sound of Trumpets, History of the Labour Movement in South Australia, Wakefield Press, Adelaide 1985.

Neale, Jonathan, The Cutlass and the Lash: Mutiny and Discipline in Nelson’s Navy, Pluto Press, London 1985.

Nicholas, Stephen (ed), Convict Workers: Reinterpreting Australia’s Past, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1988.

Nicol, W, ‘Women and the Trade Union Movement in New South Wales: 1890-1900, Labour History 36, May 1979.

Niland, John, ‘In Search of Shorter Hours: The 1861 and 1874 Iron Trades Disputes’, Labour History, No 12, May 1967.

Norris, Ronald, The Emergent Commonwealth: Australian Federation: Expectations and Fulfillment 1889-1910, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1975.

Norton, John (ed), The History of Capital and Labour in All Lands and Ages, Oceanic Publishing Company, Sydney, 1888. A key data source -- about Australia, not "all lands".

Official Record of the Debates of the Australian Federal Convention, Adelaide, 1897.

Ollie, Lorna, Louisa Lawson: Henry Lawson’s Crusading Mother, Rigby, Sydney, 1978.

O’Connor, Jean, ‘1890 -- A Turning Point in Labour History: A Reply to Mrs Philipp’, Historical Studies, Vol 4, No 16, May 1951, p. 355-165.

Oldfield, Audrey, Woman Suffrage in Australia: A Gift or a Struggle, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1992.

Oxley, Deborah, Convict Maids: The Forced Migration of Women to Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1996.

Pascoe, Rob (1979), The Manufacture of Australian History, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Patmore, Greg, Australian Labour History, Longman Cheshire, Melbourne 1991.

Petrow, Stefan, ‘Creating an Orderly Society: The Hobart Municipal Police 1880-1898,’ Labour History, No 75, November 1998.

Penny, Barbara, ‘The Australian Debate on the Boer War’, Historical Studies 14 (56), April 1971.

Perrot, Monica, A Tolerable Good Success: Economic Opportunities for Women in New South Wales 1788-1830, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1983.

Philipp, June, ‘1890 -- The Turning Point in Labour History?’, Historical Studies, Vol 4, No 14, May 1950, p. 145-154.

Plowman, David, ‘Forced March: The Employers and Arbitration’, in Macintyre and Mitchell.

Pownall, Eve, Australian Pioneer Women, Currey O’Neil, Melbourne 1981.

Quinlan, Michael, ‘Early Trade Union Organization in Australia: Three Australian Colonies, 1829-50’, Labour and Industry, 1 (1), October 1987.

Report of the Royal Commission on Strikes, NSW, 1891.

Reynolds, Henry, Fate of a Free People: A Radical Re-Examination of the Tasmanian Wars, Penguin, Melbourne, 1995.

Reynolds, Henry, Frontier, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1987.

Reynolds, Henry, The Other Side of the Frontier, An Interpretation of the Aboriginal Response to the Invasion and Settlement of Australia, James Cook University, Townsville 1981.

Reynolds, Henry, With the White People, Penguin, Melbourne 1990.

(Note: Reynolds' books are indispensable works on Aboriginal history and the confrontation between black and white.)

Richards, Eric, The Flinders History of South Australia: Social History, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1986.

Rickard, John, Class and Politics: New South Wales, Victoria and the Early Commonwealth, 1890-1910, ANU Press, Canberra, 1976

Rickard, John, ‘Loyalties’, in Arnold, Spearitt and Walker.

Roberts, Shirley, Charles Hotham: A Biography, Melbourne University Press, 1985.

Robinson, Feargus and Barry York, The Black Resistance, Maryborough 1977.

Robson, Lloyd, A History of Tasmania, Vol 1, Van Diemen’s Land from the Earliest Times to 1855, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1983.

Rose, Deborah Bird, ‘The Saga of Captain Cook: Morality in Aboriginal and European Law’, Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 1984.

Ross, Edgar, A History of the Miners’ Federation of Australia, Australasian Coal and Shale Employee’s Federation, Sydney 1970.

Rubinstein, Bill, ‘The Top Wealth-Holders of New South Wales in 1830-44’, The Push from the Bush, No 8, December 1980.

Russell, Penny and White, Richard (eds), Pastiche I: Reflections on Nineteenth Century Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney ,1994.

Salt, Annette, These Outcast Women: The Parramatta Female Factory 1821-1848, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney ,1984. About women convicts.

Saunders, Kay and Evans, Raymond (eds), Gender Relations in Australia: Domination and Negotiation, Harcourt Brace Jonanovich, Sydney, 1992

Scates, Bruce, A New Australia: Citizenship, Radicalism and the First Republic, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1997.

Searle, Betty, Silk and Calico: Class, Gender and the Vote, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1988.

Serle, Geoffrey, The Golden Age: A History of the Colony of Victoria 1851-1868, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1963.

Serle, Geoffrey, The Rush to be Rich: A History of the Colony of Victoria 1883-1889, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1971.

Serle, Geoffrey, ‘The Victorian Government’s Campaign for Federation, 1883-1889’, in Martin, A.W.

Shaw, A.G.L. The Economic Development of Australia, Longmans, Melbourne 1969.

Sinclair, W.A., ‘Women and Economic Change in Melbourne 1871-1921’, Historical Studies 20 (79) 1982, pp. 278-91.

Small, Jerome, ‘Reconsidering White Australia: Class and Anti-Chinese Racism in the 1873 Clunes Riot’, Honours Thesis, La Trobe University, 1997.

Smith, Babette, A Cargo of Women: Susannah Watson and the Convicts of the Princess Royal, NSW University Press, Sydney 1988.

Spearitt, Katie, ‘New Dawns: First Wave Feminism 1880-1914’, in Saunders and Evans.

Stewart, Ken, The 1890s: Australian Literature and Literary Culture, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1996

Summers, Anne, Damned Whores and God’s Police: The Colonisation of Women in Australia, Penguin, Melbourne 1975.

Summers, John, ‘Colonial Race Relations’, in Richards 1986.

Svensen, Stuart, The Shearers’ War: The Story of the 1891 Shearers’ Strike, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia ,1989.

Svensen, Stuart, The Sinews of War: Hard Cash and the 1890 Maritime Strike, University of NSW Press, Sydney, 1995

Tanner, Lindsay, ‘A Protracted Evolution: Labor in Victorian Politics 1889-1903’, Labour History No 42, May 1982.

Terry, D.H.M., ‘The Development of the Labour Movement in New South Wales 1833-46’, M.A. Thesis, Sydney University, 1951.

Thomas, Leila, The Development of the Labour Movement in the Sydney District of New South Wales, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Canberra (reprint of MA Thesis, Sydney University 1919), 1962.

Thompson, Roger, Australian Imperialism in the Pacific: The Expansionist Era 1820-1920, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1980.

Thorpe, Bill, Colonial Queensland: Perspectives on a Frontier Society, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1996.

Trainor, Luke, British Imperialism and Australian Nationalism: Manipulation, Conflict and Compromise in the Late Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1994.

Walshe, R.D., ‘The Significance of Eureka in Australian History', Historical Studies, Eureka Centenary Supplement, University of Melbourne, December 1954. About the miners' revolt.

Waters, Malcolm, Strikes in Australia: A Sociological Analysis of Industrial Conflict, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1982

Whitaker, Anne-Marie, Unfinished Revolution: United Irishmen in New South Wales 1800-1810, Crossing Press, Sydney, 1994.

Windschuttle, Elizabeth (ed), Women, Class and History, Perspectives on Australia 1788-1978, Fontana/Collins, Melbourne 1980.

Wise, Christine, ‘Black Rebel: Musquito’, in Fry, 1983.

Yarwood, A.T. and Knowling, M.J., Race Relations in Australia: A History, Methuen Australia, Sydney, 1982.

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