Museum Secretary Howard Guille was invited to give the 2021 Alex MacDonald Lecture. This is organised by the Queensland Labour History Association and named after Alex MacDonald the very prominent General Secretary of the Trades and Labour Council of Queensland through the 1950s-60s.
The lecture “Let’s Make Unions – and History – Everyday” examines how Heritage protection in Queensland and Australia has two big problems. One is that First Nations’ cultural heritage is often debased or destroyed. The other is that much of the heritage of workers, women, LGBTIQA+ and people from non-English speaking backgrounds is not recognised or recorded.
The slides from the lecture are at https://tinyurl.com/amac-slides. The text of the lecture has been published in the Queensland Journal of Labour History and a pre-publication version is below