Collection UQFL267 - Jim Henderson Papers

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Jim Henderson Papers


  • 1912-1998. (Creation)

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6 boxes, 1 parcel, 1 folder.

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Biographical history

Born in Scotland in 1907, James B. Henderson emigrated to Australia with his parents, settling in the mining communities of Blair Athol and later Collinsville in Central Queensland. Employed as a schoolteacher in Collinsville in the late 1920s, Henderson soon became an active and vocal member of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). In 1944 following the election of Fred Paterson as the CPA candidate for Bowen, a campaign in which Henderson played a significant role, Henderson was called to Brisbane by the Party to act as a fulltime functionary. In 1960 Henderson worked as a translator for Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam. In 1981 he joined the newly formed Socialist Party of Australia, continuing until his death in 1998 to be an outspoken critic of capitalism and social injustice.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1912-1998
Collection alternatively titled as: Jim Henderson Collection.

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Includes: correspondence; photographs; manuscript of unpublished autobiography "Memoirs of a Communist"; obituary; medals received from Ho Chi Minh and dignitaries from Communist countries visited. Also includes audio tapes featuring talks on Nelson Mandela; memoirs; newspaper cuttings; manuscripts of published and unpublished articles; pamphlets; leaflets, flyers, articles on the Communist Party of Australia and the Socialist Party of Australia.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:
Jon Piccini (2015) “More than an abstract principle”: reimagining rights in the Communist Party of Australia, 1956–1971, Journal of Australian Studies, 39:2, 200-215.
Piccini, J. (2019). Human rights in twentieth-century Australia, Cambridge University Press.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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