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They take their politics seriously in Thirroul – then and now.
A century after first forming in July 1913, Illawarra Agitators presents the remarkable history of the Thirroul Branch of the Australian Labor Party.
From fist fights, to seaside speeches by Labor legends, from campaigns for local community improvement, to the rights of working men & women, Illawarra Agitators tells of the dedication and commitment of those helping to elect Labor candidates, as well as the shaping of Labor policy as seen through the eyes of local branch members.
This is Thirroul Labor’s story of struggle and service, of argument and organisational reform, and ultimately, of friendship and fraternity.
Labor legend and former prime minister Bob Hawke joined the Illawarra's party faithful over the weekend as the Thirroul ALP branch celebrated its centenary. Read more.
Mark Latham wrote a very generous review in his regular AFR column. Here's a copy of the article he wrote titled "True Believers Get their Day", posted on the Thirroul Labor Party Facebook page, click here to read.
Contents PART 1 – THE FIRST 50 YEARS
Early encounters with Labor stalwarts (1914 to 1921)
Railwaymen consolidate the vote (1922 to 1925)
Larry Kelly’s first preselection (1926 to 1930)
Blood drawn after Bulli byelection (1931 to 1934)
Jack Sweeney survives preselection challenges (1935 to 1941)
Communists poll 30% in Bulli (1942 to 1947)
W F Jackson vs Albert Squires (1948 to 1952)
Surviving the split with Johnson & Jackson (1953 to 1957)
A controversial new Member for Cunningham (1958 to 1963)
PART 2 - THE SECOND 50 YEARS
The Hagans & Tuckermans join the branch (1964 to 1968)
Safeguarding the coast from Clutha (1969 to 1971)
Highs & lows of the Whitlam years (1972 to 1976)
The ‘Thirroul ALP Centre’ and the Bechstein (1977 to 1980)
Tough preselections in Hughes & Macarthur (1981 to 1987)
From the Gulf War to Sandon Point (1990 to 1994)
A new Premier visits Thirroul (1995 to 1999)
Labor loses and then reclaims Cunningham (2000 to 2005)
A turbulent term ends with renewed hope (2006 to 2011)