Reason in Revolt project aims to bring together primary source documents of Australian radicalism as a readily accessible digitised resource. By 'radical' we refer to those who aimed to make society more equal and to emancipate the exploited or oppressed. As it grows and develops, the project website will become an expanding record of the movements, institutions, venues and publications through which radicals sought to influence Australian society.

This website is directed by Professor Verity Burgmann and administered by Jack Roberts who is also responsible for research and development. The website is hosted at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

The project was established with funding from an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant and is currently sustained by a University of Melbourne Engagement Grant and a Roger Coates Labour History Research Grant. Roger Coates devoted himself to his great intellectual passion - exploring the roots of the labour and socialist movements, both in Australia and internationally. Roger had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian labour movement and its various strands, radical, reformist and revolutionary, from the 1880s to the 1920s and beyond.

Research and development was previously undertaken by Matthew Ryan, Simon Booth, Jeff Sparrow, and David Milner. Beth Hallett also carried out research and prepared records. The website has been developed with the assistance of the eScholarship Research Centre, using the Online Heritage Resource Manager.

How to Contribute to the Site

You may wish to contribute to the Reason in Revolt site by

  • Providing additional source documents
  • Writing descriptions and abstracts

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we can provide you with the necessary information on how to proceed.

Further Reading

Vanguards and Avant-Gardes: The 'Reason in Revolt' Online Project on Political and Cultural Radicalism, by Simon Booth, Verity Burgmann, Stuart Macintyre, Andrew Milner and Matthew Ryan.


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This website has been developed as a collaboration between Melbourne University and Monash University ("Universities") with the funding support of the Australian Research Council. Copyright in the website resides with the Universities and the Universities have reproduced some source materials under licence from third parties. The website may be accessed and materials downloaded solely for the purposes of personal study. No other reproduction of the website or source materials is authorized without the prior written permission of the Universities.

Further advice regarding the ownership rights and/or use of these materials may be obtained by contacting the Reason in Revolt project.