This thesis is an historical portrait of the radical student community at the University of Queensland during the years 1966 to 1972. In many ways it tries to encapsulate their statement - that is, what they were trying to say and how they went about saying it. It is not intended to be another definitive empirical piece on the nature and origins of student revolt, although it certainly does not ignore the findings of those scholars who have worked extensively in this area. I wanted to write the story of the Queensland New Left because I felt the time had come when another generation of historians started to record the saga of that remarkable generation of- the 1960s and 70s. It is now 20 years since Australian troops were committed to Vietnam, and over ten years since the Nimbin Festival. As a scholar from a subsequent generation, I am optimistic that my impressions and analyses can contribute to the overall story of the New Left.
In my investigation I received extensive help and encouragement from the following people - Mac Hamilton, Chris Rootes, Mark D. Hayes, Ralph Summy, Dick Shearman, David Franken, Bruce Dickson, Dan O'Neill, Mitch Thompson, Brian Laver and my supervisor, Don Dignan. The staff of the Fryer Library were particularly helpful, as were the librarians at The Courier Mail and the London School of Economics. Finally, I am grateful to my mother, Grace Garlick, for the time and energy she put into typing this manuscript.