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To fight against the horrible evil of Communism' : Catholics, community and the movement in Rockhampton, 1943-57

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Barbara WebsterBarbara Webster
During the 1940's and 1950's,Rockhampton had the reputation of being one of the foremost centres of organised anti-communist activity conducted predominantly by the Catholic Church and its clandestine industrial organisation, the Movement. Historians have not explained this particular phenomenon nor have they undertaken much research into the post-World War II anti-communist hysteria in regional Australia in general. This article aims to redress this omission in Australian labour historiography by exploring the origin, organisation and operation of the Movement in Rockhampton. It ocates the roots ofRockhampton's reputation as a 'hotbed' of Movement activity in the socio-economic, political, demographic and cultural characteristics of the city in general and of the Catholic community in particular. It demonstrates the role of'community', both subjectively and structurally, in mobilising Catholics against communism and the significance of 'place' in the production of community identity and maintenance of authority.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

81

Start Page

155

End Page

173

Number of Pages

19

ISSN

0023-6942

Location

Sydney, NSW

Publisher

Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

No

Journal

Labour history.