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Aarons, Laurie (1917–2005)

Laurie Aarons (1917-2005) political activist

Born: 19 August 1917, at Sydney, New South Wales. Son of Sam Aarons and Dorian Lilian nee Thomas. Married: Carol Arkinstall. They had three sons. Died: 7 Feburary 2005 at Sydney, New South Wales.

  • Educated Sydney Boys High School.
  • Following parents' separation resided in Sydney with father, Sam, while brother Eric resided in Melbourne with his mother.
  • Acquired communist ideals by osmosis by reading Marxist texts while young. Joined Young Communist League aged 15 years.
  • Worked as bootmaker and became Communist Party of Australia (CPA) organiser circa 1942.
  • Served in World War II. 
  • 1951, Secretary, Newcastle/Hunger Valley Branch of CPA.
  • 1954, member of CPA Secretariat. General Secretary, 1966-1976.
  • Active in anti-Vietnam movement and often arrested.
  • Considerable experience of working class movements internationally, and architect of Euro-communist line adopted by CPA after 1969.  Visited Czechoslovakia in 1967.
  • Immediate family–grandparents, father, brother and son Brian were CPA members and office-bearers. Prolific and talented pamphleteer, publications include The Stumblebum Syndrome (1984), Here Come the Uglies (1987) and Casino Oz (2000).

Sources
Tribune,
18 July 1972; John Playford, Doctrinal and strategic problems of the Communist Party of Australia, 1945-1962, PhD thesis, ANU, 1962; Good Weekend, 4 Nov 1995; E. Aarons, What's Left, 1993; Green Left Weekly, 3 Mar 2005; Workers Online, 11 Feb 2005; Sydney Morning Herald Online 12 Feb 2005

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