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Biographical entry Origlass, Nicholas (1908 - 1996)

Trade Unionist


Born in 1908, Origlass was a champion of working-class rights whose political activism spanned sixty years. Retiring in 1995, just one year before his death, Origlass was one of Australia's original Trotskyists and was, perhaps, best known for leading a bitter six-week strike on the Balmain docks in 1945 against the Stalinist leadership of the Ironworkers' Union.

Nicholas Origlass died in 1996.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Laurie Short interviewed by Richard Raxworthy in the Labor Council of New South Wales oral history project, 1988, ORAL TRC 1948/30; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program

  • Nicholas Origlass Papers, 1942 - 1958, Z468; The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program. Details

Published resources


  • Greenland, Hall, Red Hot: The Life and Times of Nick Origlass 1908-1996, Wellington Lane Press, Sydney, 324 pp. Details
  • Origlass, Nick, The Balmain Trotskyists: Reminiscences, 1930s and 1940s: An interview with Nick Origlass, Militant International Publications, Paramatta, New South Wales, 1991, 21 pp. Details

Ross G. Elford