Citizen Dwyer

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The chapter focuses on the political activism of John Dwyer, a working class radical who campaigned for the right to work on behalf of Sydney's unemployed in the period 1900-1914. Dwyer's activism was also complicated by his own quest for recognition as an activist and his search for employment during the period, as Federation seemed to offer a new political sphere for Dwyer's activism. His struggle to change society was always a struggle to change his own circumstances. Dwyer's experience reveals not only the difficulties of maintaining radical activism, but also the dilemmas of creating and maintaining a radical identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking the Nation
Subtitle of host publicationWorking Life and Federation 1890-1914
Editors Mark Hearn, Greg Patmore
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherPluto Press Australia
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)1864031352
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Working class radicalism
  • Federation
  • unemployment
  • citizenship
  • labour history


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