Work History and the Collapse of the West Gate Bridge

This week my colleague Sarah Gregson (UNSW) and I are on the GLAMcity podcast talking about the history of work, labour under the Accord, and the memorialisation of those killed in the West Gate Bridge collapse & the Titanic disaster. You can listen to the interview here.

GLAMcity is a new radio show and podcast launched by the Australian Centre for Public History in collaboration with 2SER 107.3, hosted by historians Anna Clark and Tamson Pietsch. Listen Live on Monday’s at 7pm or download the GLAMcity podcast anytime from iTunes or from Whooskaa.

This is the first time Sarah and I have talked publicly about our new research project, on the memorialisation of the workers who died when the West Gate Bridge collapsed on 15 October 1970. You can find out more about the collapse and the memorial at the West Gate Bridge Memorial website. We are in the very early stages of this project, which is looking at how the collapse and workers have been remembered and at questions of occupational health and safety. We are grateful to those who have already spoken to us about the tragedy and the memorial.

Photo: Engineers Journal, and via Public Record Office Victoria.

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