Rowan CahillDr Rowan Cahill

Email: rowanc@uow.edu.au
Selected works: works.bepress.com/rowan_cahill

Rowan is an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

He has a diversity of interests. Primarily he is interested in rebellion and resistance to the state, and in the apparatuses and methodologies deployed against these. In the area of academic/scholarly publishing, he is interested in, and a supporter of, Open Access. With regard to Australian society and culture, he is variously interested in Australian militarism, labour history, and in the Cold War. 

Rowan has published over 684 articles, journalism, and reviews in some 118 professional, academic, literary, newspaper and online publications (see publications). With colleague Terry Irving he blogs at Radical Sydney/Radical History http://radicalsydney.blogspot.com.au

His books include:

  • Radical Sydney: Places, Portraits and Unruly Episodes (with Terry Irving), UNSW Press, Sydney, 2010. 
  • A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975, (editor with Beverley Symons), Sydney Branch Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Newtown, 2005. 
  • Synthesis and Hope, Australian Education Network, Sydney, 1993. 
  • Twentieth Century Australia: Conflict and Consensus, (with David Stewart), Nelson, Melbourne, 1993. 
  • The Seamen’s Union of Australia, 1872-1972: A History (with Brian Fitzpatrick), Seamen’s Union of Australia, Sydney, 1981. 

Rowan has worked in a variety of employments, much of it as a teacher in the former technical education and prison systems of NSW, in the secondary school system, and in the university sector. He has also worked as a freelance journalist, and as a professional historian. A three-year stint in agricultural labouring is also part of his work experience. Rowan has also worked for the trade union movement as a journalist, historian, and rank and file activist. Prior to its winding up in 2006, he was ‘Picket Line Correspondent’ for the Labor Council of NSW e-weekly, Workers Online. 

Educational Qualifications

  • PhD, School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong, 2013 
  • Master of Education (Hons), University of New England, 1979 
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), History, University of Sydney, 1969 
  • Diploma of Education, Sydney Teachers College, 1970
Last reviewed: 30 May, 2018