Exile section of CNT-B (Bulgaria) established in Sydney. ‘Our Road’ organ
of CNT-B-in –exile section in Australia, commences publication.
Exile section of CNT (Spain) established in Melbourne
CNT-B comrades establish the Anarchist Cellar in Glenmore Rd., Paddington,
NSW. Cruz Negra Anarquista (Anarchist Black Cross) established in
Melbourne, commences publication of ‘Acacia’.
CNT-B Secretariat moves from Paris to Sydney.
‘Acracia’ commences biligual publication in Spanish and English.
January – Federation of Australian Anarchists (FAA) established at
conference in Sydney.
‘Acracia’ reverts to publishing in Spanish only.
February – Sydney IWW group forms.
June – FAA disbands at conference in Melbourne.
Bookshop opened at 417 King St. Newtown, NSW under the name ‘Sydney
Melbourne IWW group forms.
‘Sydney Anarcho-Syndicalists’ bookshop changes name to ‘Jura Bookshop’
Members of Sydney IWW and hold meetings to discuss the establishment of an
IWA section in Australia.
Members of Sydney IWW publish ‘Communique No.1’ under the name
‘Anarcho-Syndicalist Committee’ declaring an intention to establish an
Australian section of the IWA.
February – ‘Rebel Worker’ commences publication as the paper of the IWW
under the auspices of the Australia and New Zealand General Organising
Committee of the IWW.
Split in Jura Bookshop leads to the establishment of Black Rose Books in
Melbourne IWW disbands.
February – Sydney IWW disbands and reforms as Rebel Worker Group (RWG) and
makes an application to affiliate with the IWA. Rebel Worker continues to
publish as ‘An Anarcho-Syndicalist Paper’.
April – Former members of CNT and Melbourne IWW form Melbourne
Anarcho-Syndicalist Group (MASG).
RWG rejects overtures by MASG to enter into discussions in regard to
forming a federation.
Application by RWG to affiliate as the Australian section of the IWA
rejected at IWA Congress.
RWG calls for a conference of anarcho-syndicalists to be held in Sydney
the following January.
January – Anarcho-syndicalist conference agrees to found the
Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation on a provisional basis with an affiliate in
Sydney and an affiliate in Melbourne.
February – RWG changes its name to ASF Sydney. CNT-B-in-exile formally
disbands remaining members join ASF Sydney. First meeting of ASF Melbourne
held in North Fitzroy on the 15th. Rebel Worker continues to publish as
‘the Paper of the ASF’. ASF makes application to affiliate with the IWA as
the Australian section.
March – ASF Melbourne establishes industrial action support project to
support workers in struggle.
April – ASF Melbourne twins with Builders Labourers Federation picket line
at Banana Alley/Queen St.
May – ASF Melbourne commences publication of ‘Sparks’, an
anarcho-syndicalist public transport workers paper.
July – ASF Melbourne holds ‘50th Annivesary of Spanish Revolution
Celebrations’ in Fitzroy. Rebel Worker goes monthly.
October – BLF dispute ends in defeat. ASF Melbourne establishes Patient
Strike Support Group to support striking nurses.
December – Nurses srtike ends in victory.
January – ASF confirmed at first Congress of the ASF. Public Transport
Workers Association (PTWA) admitted to ASF. ‘Sparks’ continues as paper of
June – Rail Guards dispute PTWA and ASF-M engage in support action.
January – ASF-M publishes ‘White Australia has a Black History’ as part of
ASF Anti-Bicentenary Campaign.
April – ASF admitted to IWA as the Australian section of the IWA
September – Solidarity actions by IWA sections across the world in support
of the struggles of aboriginal people in Australia. Spanish translation of
‘White Australia has a Black History’ published in serial form by CNT
paper ‘Cenit’. Japanese translation ‘White Australia has a Black History’
published by RRU, Japanese section of IWA.
(History section incomplete and under contruction)