Noel Counihan and the Brunswick free speech fight

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Join historian and archivist Melinda Barrie as she takes you in the footsteps of Noel Counihan and the Brunswick free speech fight. From the theatres, factories and soap-boxes of Brunswick; to dissidents riding atop street-cars and locking themselves in cages to escape arrest. Brunswick was a place of mass mobilisation and dissent.

Tour developed by Melinda Barrie, recorded with Moreland City Libraries.


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Wander the streets of radical Brunswick (Victoria, Australia) during the Great Depression. Join historian and archivist Melinda Barrie as she takes you in the footsteps of Noel Couhinhan and the free speech fight. From the theatres and soap-boxes of Brunswick; to activists riding atop street-cars and locking themselves in cages to escape arrest. Brunswick was a place of organising and dissent. Join historian and author Iain McIntyre as he takes you on a tour of unemployed workers organising and anti-eviction resistance during the Depression. From urban communes, to storming the Brunswick Town Hall, and defending working-class families from eviction.

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