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Public History talk featuring Cybèle Locke - Wednesday 05 April

News: 15 March 2023

Public History Talk

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 12:10 p.m. to 1.00 p.m., in person or via Zoom

Solidarity and the Right to Strike

Cybèle Locke’s recently published biography of Bill Andersen, Comrade, examines labour activism, communism and social change, from the 1930s until the turn of the twenty-first century. This talk offers possibilities for how Bill Andersen’s Communist, working-class life might speak to us in the current moment.

Image: Cybèle Locke. Source: Bridget Williams Books

About the speaker

Cybèle Locke foregrounds twentieth-century working-class narratives in her research. Her first book, Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-War New Zealand, drew on case studies of the unions of freezing workers, clerical workers, and unemployed workers to explore how women, Māori and Pasifika workers transformed union cultures.

A Pākehā historian, Cybèle is a senior lecturer in the History Programme at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and is active in her trade union.

When and where

Wednesday 5 April 2023, 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m

Auditorium (Taiwhanga Kauhau), lower ground floor, National Library Building, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.

There is no need to RSVP for the in-person event but please arrive early to ensure a prompt start.

This talk is also available on Zoom

To attend the Zoom live-stream, register here: register for this talk.

The Alexander Turnbull Library will send registered participants a link to access the talk.

These free Public History Talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

You can find previous talks in the series on the App Store, Spotify or Podbean #newzealandhistory.


Updated on 16th March 2023