Australian Left Review

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Early Years in the Party


Richard Dixon


I first became interested in socialism and the Communist Party in the town of Lithgow. My family had moved there in 1914 soon after the outbreak of the First World War, and my father worked in the coal mines. There were six children and my father ’s wages were insufficient for our family needs, so we always lived very close to poverty. Consequently, my mother set up a boarding house in Lithgow in order to supplement the family income.