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Aarons, Laurie (1917–2005)

Laurie Aarons: Born 19 August 1917. Son of Sam Aarons and Dorian Lilian nee Thomas. Married Carol Arkinstall. Died 7 Feburary 2005.

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. Joining 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 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).

Tribune, 18 July 1972; Playford thesis; 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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  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

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