The banning of E.A.H. Laurie at Melbourne Teachers' College, 1944

White, Rochelle (1997) The banning of E.A.H. Laurie at Melbourne Teachers' College, 1944. Honours thesis, Victoria University of Technology.


This thesis examines the banning of a communist speaker. Lieutenant E.A.H. Laurie, at Melbourne Teachers' College in July, 1944 and argues that the decision to ban Laurie was unwarranted and politically motivated. The banning, which was enforced by the Minister for Public Instruction, Thomas Tuke Hollway, appears to have been based on Hollway's firm anti-communist views and political opportunism. A. J. Law, Principal of the Teachers' College, was also responsible for banning Laurie. However, Law's decision to ban Laurie was probably directed by Hollway and supported by J. Seitz, Director of Education.

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Item type Thesis (Honours thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Historical > FOR Classification > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords Edward Andrew Laurie, political activity, politics, Australia Parliament Constitution Alteration Bill 1944, Post-War Reconstruction and Democratic Rights, 1944 Powers Referendum, freedom of speech, anti-communist movements, communism, 1940s, communists
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