Rowan Cahill was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. He has worked as a teacher, freelance writer, agricultural labourer, academic, and for the trade union movement as a journalist, historian, and rank and file activist. He is currently an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Law, Humanities & the Arts, at Wollongong University (NSW). His books include as co-author A History of the Seamen’s Union of Australia, 1872-1972 (1981); Twentieth Century Australia: Conflict and Consensus (1987); and as co-editor, A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975, (2005). His most recent book is Radical Sydney (co-authored with Terry Irving).
Rowan is the Conference Dinner Keynote Speaker.