Think coal mining, and most likely you think men. This book tells a very different story. Women have long been the backbone of the coal mining industry. As wives and mothers theyve fought battles for better working conditions; established womens auxiliaries; distributed food to strikers and their families, and stood on picket lines. In recent decades theyve started working on trucks and in the mines. David Peetz and Georgina Murray spoke to more than 100 women, from southeast Queensland coal mining towns like Collinsville, Moranbah, Dysart, Tieri, Middlemount and Biloela, who shared their inspirational, moving, and often painful stories. Women of the Coal Rushes is a unique and very personal account of some of the women who have played such an integral part in the production of Australias black gold.
Georgina Murray is a senior lecturer in humanities at Griffith University. David Peetz is a professor of employment relations at Griffith University. They are members of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing in Australia.