This conference attracted 137 delegates from throughout Australia to the Wollongong Town Hall and Community Centre over the Labour Day long weekend, with the conference theme of Labour and Community. The conference, which was the first to be held outside a capital city, was hosted by the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, in which members of the University play a major role. The president of the Illawarra branch of the society, Associate Professor Ray Markey of the Department of Economics at the University of Wollongong, was the conference organiser. Other members of the organising committee from the University of Wollongong included Mr Rob Hood of the Department of Economics (secretary of the Illawarra branch of the society), Ms Frances Laneyrie (Department of Management) and Ms. Shirley Nixon a member of the university council (and the vice president of the Illawarra branch of the society). The organising committee also included a number of community representatives: Neville Arrowsmith (a former university employee), Margaret Bronneberg, Val Dolan and Bronwyn James (all graduates or current students of the University of Wollongong). Gregor Cullen (Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong) was artistic director.