Deposit N162 - Audrey Johnson papers

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Audrey Johnson papers


  • 1899 - 2001 (Creation)

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1.82 m (14 type 1 boxes; 2 type 3 boxes; 3 photograph albums; 1 folder of large photographs)

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(1925 - 2002)

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Audrey Johnson researched and wrote on left-wing and communist issues in Australia. She was research assistant to Ken Buckley for his book on the history of the Amalgamated Engineering Union. From the late 1950s, she was one of a group, which included Helen Palmer and Grace Bardsley, who produced the independent socialist magazine, Outlook. She wrote the biography of Australian Labor Party Senator and trade union leftist Bill Morrow, published by Penguin as Fly a Rebel Flag (1985), and Bread and Roses (1990), a history of left and trade union women activists, published by the Left Book Club. Johnson had almost completed a biography of Tom Wright, a trade union official, when she died in 2002.

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The records in this collection comprise primarily Johnson's research material for the books she wrote and was in the process of writing. They are mostly research files, and copies of materials obtained from libraries and archives. Also included are publications from Johnson's library, material from the Morrow and Wright families, originals and copies of photographs, negatives, cassettes and microcassettes of interviews conducted.


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Entered from deposit description on 22 September 2011




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