The Queensland Government has launched a collection of essays that describe life for coalminers and their families from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s: The Coalminers of Queensland, Vol. 2: The Pete Thomas Essays.
The book, co-authored by Dr Greg Mallory, is a collection of essays that Pete Thomas had written before his death in 1988.
Pete was the author of Vol 1, a narrative history of the Queensland Colliery Employees Union, published in 1986.
The essays describe the range of community and political activities of the union, including demonstrations against the street march laws of the Bjelke-Petersen government.
The essays also highlight the role women played in the development of the union through the Women’s Auxiliaries and the introduction of women in the workforce.