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Invitation from the New South Wales Peace Committee for International Co-operation and Disarmament to Meet the Robesons, 1960

1998.0024.0013

Invitation from the New South Wales Peace Committee for International Co-operation and Disarmament to Meet the Robesons, 1960

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Physical description

Invitation on cream-coloured cardboard with black printing. "New South Wales Peace Committee for International Co-operation and Disarmament invites you" is printed on the front and it is signed by Paul Robeson in blue ink. Inside is "Souvenir Programme. To Meet the Robesons on Thursday Evening 10th November 1960 at 8pm in Paddington Town Hall Sydney. Buffet Supper". A picture of Paul Robeson is on the left and Eslanda Robeson is on the right.

Statement of significance

This collection is of great interest because it documents various aspects of the life of William Morrow. While not well known, Morrow is a significant figure in Australian labour history. He came from a working class background, was politicised at an early age, worked in the trade union movement, was elected as a Senator (Tasmania, ALP) and finished his career working for the NSW Peace Council. His strong commitment to international socialism led to his expulsion from the Labor Party on two separate occasions. Following his political career provides an insight into some of the major ideological and political disputes in twentieth century Australia. The collection consists of an oil portrait of Morrow, a pencil portrait and associated ephemera documenting Morrow's political career.

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