Upcoming: The next continental anarchist gathering is likely to be in Melbourne in 2005, although there is a State of Emergency conference in Melbourne 22-23 May 2004, and an Oceania Indymedia conference planned for July 2004 in Melbourne.
2004 Anarcon 04, Anarchist and Autonomist Conference, Perth, was held over the Invasion Day weekend in January 2004.
2003 Anarchy for Life, Anarchist and Autonomist Conference, Brisbane, was held on 3-4 May 2003, while an Anarchist Teaparty National Symposium attended by 70 people was held across the Tasman in December 2003 at Marama-iti near Wanganui, Aotearoa.
2002 From Resurgence to Insurgence. Sydney Anarchist & Autonomist Conference held on 27-28 April.
2001 - Conferences and gatherings in Melbourne in April, Sydney in July, Wollongong in August, and Christchurch (Aotearoa) in October. Workshop lists, debates on autonomism, banners....these conferences illuminate the diversity and growth in the libertarian movement in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
These are the major anarchist gatherings in Australia. I have defined these as 'anarchist' not only by the organisers identification with anarchism, but also their substantive content. The 1984 and Social Control (1984), Beyond Social Control (1989) and Visions of Freedom (1995) conferences were not organised as explicit anarchist conferences, although their content was predominantly from a libertarian viewpoint. For all links to information not on www.takver.com I have given the full URL.
|1975||Jan||Sydney Anarchist Conference|
|Some Commentary - Anarchism in Sydney 1975-1981
|1975||Oct||Anarchist Feminist Conference (Canberra)|
|Paper: The Question is not 'Organisation or no organisation?' but 'what sort of organisation?'
|1976||June||Melbourne Anarchist Conference|
|Commentary: The Split - the Monash Anarchist Perspective
Some Commentary - Anarchism in Sydney 1975-1981
|1977||Jan||Brisbane anarchist jamboree|
|Some Commentary - Anarchism in Sydney 1975-1981
|1984||June||1984 and Social Control (Sydney)|
|Workshop List and commentary|
|1986||May||Australian Anarchist Centenary Celebrations Conference (Melbourne)|
|Commentary: Bob James on 'A Lot to Celebrate' and Susi's report on the celebrations|
|1986||Dec||Anarchist Feminist Camp (Country Victoria)|
|Commentary: Anarcho-Feminist Celebrations Dec 5 to 12 1986 near Porepunka, Victoria
|1989||June||Beyond Social Control (Sydney)|
List of decisions and proposals from the conference
|1990||April||Anarchist Organisation and Strategy (Melbourne)|
Commentary, Papers and Reflections
|1993||Anarcho Syndicalist Strategy Conference (Sydney)|
|1995||Jan||Visions of Freedom (Sydney)|
|1995||April||Life Begins with Revolt - Wellington Anarchist Conference|
|Report from The State Adversary
|1996||Anarchist Student Conference - La Trobe Uni (Melbourne)|
|Rebel Worker (May 1996): pre-conference call
|1998||Mar||Direct Action Jamboree - Collingwood (Melbourne)|
| Workshop List and Reports
|1999||April||Anarcho-Syndicalist Conference - Melbourne April 1999|
|Anarcho-Syndicalism into the 21st Century - Commentary from The Anarcho-Syndicalist No 2, September 1999
|2001||April||No Gods No Masters - Anarchist and Autonomous Conference (Melbourne)|
|Commentary, workshop list and banners
|2001||July||Red & Black Forum on Anti-Capitalist Currents (Sydney)|
|Critical thoughts on autonomism and comment - from Rebel Worker via AWOL list
|2001||August||Liberty Autonomy Solidarity: Revolutionary Anti-Capitalist Conference (Wollongong)|
|Report of Conference
Thanks to Indymedia
|2001||20-21 October||2001: An Anarchist Odyssey, Christchurch|
|Opening Address, Review and Final Plenary notes of this conference organised by the Anarchist Round Table in Christchurch.
Thanks to Thr@ll magazine - http://free.freespeech.org/thrall/
|2002||27-28 April||From Resurgence to Insurgence. Sydney Anarchist & Autonomist Conference|
|Workshop List and Details
Thanks to Brett
|2003||May||Anarchy for Life.... Anarchist and Autonomous Conference (Brisbane)|
|Workshop list, Final Plenary minutes and two photos
See photos by Ronny at
See Photos by Moz
|2003||4-7 Dec||Anarchist Tea Party National Symposium, Aotearoa|
See Photos (1, 2) from Aotearoa Indymedia
|2004||23-27 January||Anarcon 04. Anarchist & Autonomous Activist Conference Perth|
|Workshop List and Report
Thanks to Perth Indymedia
In 1966 anarchists from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand, finding themselves in the same city, convened themselves as the Australia and New Zealand Anarchist Conference.
In November 1972 an anarchist conference was held in Melbourne, and in December a libertarian conference was held in Sydney. Out of the Melbourne conference came the Federation of Australian Anarchists Bulletin (FAAB), which survived for two issues during 1973. The Sydney conference was organized by the Sydney Libertarians and was essentially a forum for the presentation of papers and discussion.
Information on other anarchist gatherings in Australia should be sent to me for inclusion in future updates of this page.