Union Book Shortlisted For Award

Voices from the Ships, Australian seafarers and their union, launched at national council in April has been shortlisted for the 2009 Frank Broeze Maritime History Prize.  The Museum's panel of judges as one of the four finalists for the prize.

Jeffrey Mellefont Publications manager, Australian National Maritime Museum, wrote to the publishers UNSW Press last week to congratulate to author Diane Kirkby on reaching this stage of the selection process.

The history, which was the outcome of the 2004 National Delegates' Conference, was launched at the Maritime Museum by Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and former ACTU secretary Bill Kelty, who congratulated union and its members over the years for their contribution to making Australia a stronger democracy.  

Minister Albanese paid tribute to the writer Diane Kirkby for her insight into working class culture.

Copies of the book have been distributed to branches and are also available from National Office.