One of the recurring themes of Australian political history has been the rise and fall of Labour newspapers. The ALP has relaunched the Labor Herald as an online journal, a few years after its previous incarnation was executed or fell on its sword.
Honest History, as a tiny battler in the crowded field of media with a cause – in our case, mythbusting and balance-restoring in history – wishes the latest Labor Herald well. We hope it goes better than many of its predecessors, the history of which is summarised in a corner of the Labor Herald website. A photograph below of the great Labour editor, Henry Boote, is offered as a christening present – Henry is the one on the right and the National Library caption says, correctly, that he is ‘sitting on a park bench with another man’ – along with an apposite cartoon.
21 July 2015
Henry Boote sitting on a park bench with another man, 1911-49 (National Library of Australia nla.pic-vn3550382)
Cartoon by Len Fox of the State Labor Party, a faction that opposed both Lang and Curtin, 1943 (Marxists.org)