Australian Working Songs and Poems: a Rebel Heritage, Ph. D. thesis, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, 2014
The thesis analyses 150 poems and songs about work and working conditions, with an emphasis on rights, the effects of inequality on working people and the determination to bring about radical social change. The thesis covers the colonial period through to World War II. See also this by the author plus this website and this one.
Related but not quite the same: Peter Kirkpatrick on bush ballads; Tony Smith on the music of World War I; Rowan Cahill on Dennis Kevans and HW Pryce.
8 March 2015 and updated