Publications by Volkhard Wehner

Volkhard has written and published various books and booklets, as listed below. In addition, he has contributed articles to a number of journals and newspapers. In his researches, on several occasions he felt the need to give pride of place to particularly notable but ‘unsung heroes’ whose achievements had escaped the attention of historians and other writers.

Many of the books in this list are no longer in print, though some may become available in digitized format at a later date.

Several of the books and articles have been reviewed and/or were cited in various academic or general publications.

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Books and booklets

1978, 12 pages

1995, 84 pages

1999, 60 pages

2000, 48 pages

2002, 17 pages

2003, 59 pages

2004, 27 pages

2004, 553 pages

2005, 11 pages

2005, 136 pages

2006, 50 pages

2008, 312 pages

2008, 343 pages

2010, 339 pages

2012, 367 pages

2015, 147 pages

2018, 292 pages
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Journal and newspaper articles, a select list

Between 2000 and 2001 Volkhard wrote a series of biographical sketches that were published in the Ranges Trader Mail newspaper under the heading of ‘Artists of the Dandenongs.’ Among them are articles on the artist couple John Farmer and Polly Hurry, and on the artists Henrietta Gulliver, Norah Gurdon, Peg Maltby, Max Meldrum, Max Middleton, Charles Mudie, Arthur Streeton, Streeton’s model Nora McLarty-Mitlan, Graham Thorley, and several others. Biographical essays on the artists William Dargie and A.E. Newbury, the educationist Frank Rolland and the crochet designer Mary Card were published elsewhere. Copies of most of these articles can be made available.

Various other articles not listed have been published in the journals Woorilla, Australian Garden History, Qi, and Camberwell History.

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Recent unpublished article

Verein Vorwärts: Melbourne’s nineteenth century German socialist association

This article is under consideration for publication by a scholarly journal. The following abstract outlines its contents.

In 1886 a small group of German immigrants—mostly refugees from Bismarck’s anti-socialist terror—founded a club in Melbourne they named Socialistischer Verein Vorwärts. It became one of Australia’s earliest socialist associations.

This article examines the activities of the club’s members and in particular, to what extent, and with what success, they participated in Victoria’s political life at a time when a range of socialist, communist, anarchist and reformist workers’ clubs were emerging, all of which contributed to the formation of the political Left.

Despite their experiences in Germany’s vibrant left political environment, this investigation concludes that Vorwärts members lacked the militancy characteristic of the working class in their  homeland by adopting a passive attitude and thus failing to lead in the fight for workers’ rights through advocating class warfare along the lines of the German socialist movement.

A brief comparison is made with a similar German club in Argentina that succeeded by adopting more deliberate and consistent socialist objectives.


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