After the failed 1913 strike, unions and their supporters looked increasingly towards political parties as the path to social progress. Their links with overseas socialist organisations terrified other sections of society, who feared a move towards violent revolution. In this 1919 cartoon, a smooth-talking agitator introduces two society ladies, representing Australia and New Zealand, to an evil and unkempt Russian Bolshevik. The pamphlet in his pocket reads ‘Victimisation of women, no church’.
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