Life Membership for Ray Markey
A public notice was printed in the Illawarra Mercury in 1995 announcing the formation of an Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH). It was both the name of the guest speaker, Tom Uren, and the person proposing this formation, Ray Markey, that interested me enough to make me attend. Many others must have felt the same way as a well-attended inaugural meeting was held at the Ironworkers Club. Ray was duly elected Foundation President and remained President until 2003. Early in his tenure, a decision was made to record local labour history in a journal to be called Unity. By 1996, the first copy of this journal was posted out to all members with contributions from George Petersen, Ted Roach and Rowan Cahill. With support from the University of Wollongong, the technical expertise of Rob Hood and the editorship of Ray Markey, this was a quality publication.