Paddy – Working with Unemployment

INTERVIEW: Paddy Garrity


PLACE: Melbourne


DATES: April 1994, May 1995


NOTES: Born: 1937, England.  Profession: Seaman, renovator, arts activist, administrator , circus rigger, concert manager, festival organiser, Paddy migrated to Australia in 1951.

Interview time 3hours 20 minutes
  • Early contact with the Australian Performing Group, Pram Factory,  Carlton.
  • To Tasmania; working with young unemployed with *Father Julian Punch and nuns at Chigwell, suburb of Hobart. 
  • Chigwell United Unemployed.
  • Activities with young unemployed, included arts, stall, bands. Trade union support.
  • 1976 Chairman of Southern Regional Council of Australian Assistance Program. Growth of unemployed group activity.
  • Formation Unemployed Workers union in Hobart.
  • Media response. Experiences with politicians.
  • Development of UWU health food shop, grant from labour govt.
  • Campaign for transport concessions for u’ployed.
  • UWU members present play on unemployment at schools, public performances.
  • Activities provide money for bonds, for crisis needs.
  • Unemployed bands play at UWU dances. Arts activities.
  • Chigwell unemployed and UWU.
  • Welfare rights service.
  • Community houses.
  • Dealings, confrontations, with Dept Social Security bureaucracy.
  • SHELTER (organisation)
  • Agitation – an honorable profession.
  • *David Mazengarb & SWP.
  • Women’s Shelter.
  • UWU stalls at Salamanca Market.
  • Friendly people in community – various ways of helping u’ployed.
  • Mainland UWU, 1979
  • Unemployed attitudes to Unions.



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SAMPLE AUDIO: Paddy discusses how he started working with unemployed youth in Tasmania


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