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Direct Action

Direct Action was published by the Industrial Workers of the World Australian Administration.

It printed 135 issues between January 1914 and August 1917. Twelve more issues were published between May 1928 and May 1929 and another two in November 1930.

Scanned PDFs [approx. 3MB]:
Direct Action - No. 1, 31 Jan 1914
Direct Action - No. 2, 28 Feb 1914
Direct Action - No. 3, 31 Mar 1914
Direct Action - No. 4, 1 May 1914
Direct Action - No. 5, 15 May 1914 Direct Action goes fortnightly
Direct Action - No. 6, 1 June 1914
Direct Action - No. 7, 15 June 1914
Direct Action - No. 8, 1 July 1914
Direct Action - No. 9, 15 July 1914
Direct Action - No. 10, 1 Aug 1914
Direct Action - No. 11, 10 Aug 1914
Direct Action - No. 12, 22 Aug 1914
Direct Action - No. 13, 15 Sep 1914
Direct Action - No. 14, 1 Oct 1914
Direct Action - No. 15, 15 Oct 1914
Direct Action - No. 16, 1 Nov 1914
Direct Action - No. 17, 15 Nov 1914
Direct Action - No. 18, 1 Dec 1914
Direct Action - No. 19, 15 Dec 1914
Direct Action - No. 20, 1 Jan 1915
Direct Action - No. 21, 15 Jan 1915
Direct Action - No. 22, 1 Feb 1915
Direct Action - No. 23, 15 Feb 1915
Direct Action - No. 24, 1 Mar 1915
Direct Action - No. 25, 15 Mar 1915
Direct Action - No. 26, 1 Apr 1915
Direct Action - No. 27, 15 Apr 1915
Direct Action - No. 28, 1 May 1915 Expanded May Day Issue
Direct Action - No. 29, 15 May 1915
Direct Action - No. 30, 1 June 1915
Direct Action - No. 31, 15 June 1915
Direct Action - No. 32, 1 July 1915
Direct Action - No. 33, 15 July 1915
Direct Action - No. 34, 1 Aug 1915
Direct Action - No. 35, 15 Aug 1915
Direct Action - No. 36, 1 Sep 1915
Direct Action - No. 37, 15 Sep 1915
Direct Action - No. 38, 1 Oct 1915
Direct Action - No. 39, 2 Oct 1915
Direct Action - No. 40, 9 Oct 1915 Direct Action goes weekly
Direct Action - No. 41, 16 Oct 1915
Direct Action - No. 42, 23 Oct 1915
Direct Action - No. 43, 30 Oct 1915
Direct Action - No. 44, 6 Nov 1915
Direct Action - No. 45, 13 Nov 1915
Direct Action - No. 46, 20 Nov 1915
Direct Action - No. 47, 27 Nov 1915
Direct Action - No. 48, 4 Dec 1915
Direct Action - No. 49, 11 Dec 1915
Direct Action - No. 50, 18 Dec 1915
Direct Action - No. 51, 25 Dec 1915
Direct Action - No. 52, 8 Jan 1916
Direct Action - No. 53, 15 Jan 1916
Direct Action - No. 54, 22 Jan 1916
Direct Action - No. 55, 29 Jan 1916
Direct Action - No. 56, 5 Feb 1916
Direct Action - No. 57, 12 Feb 1916
Direct Action - No. 58, 19 Feb 1916
Direct Action - No. 59, 26 Feb 1916
Direct Action - No. 60, 4 Mar 1916
Direct Action - No. 61, 11 Mar 1916
Direct Action - No. 62, 18 Mar 1916
Direct Action - No. 63, 25 Mar 1916
Direct Action - No. 64, 1 Apr 1916
Direct Action - No. 65, 8 Apr 1916
Direct Action - No. 66, 15 Apr 1916
Direct Action - No. 67, 22 Apr 1916
Direct Action - No. 68, 29 Apr 1916
Direct Action - No. 69, 6 May 1916
Direct Action - No. 70, 13 May 1916
Direct Action - No. 71, 20 May 1916
Direct Action - No. 72, 27 May 1916
Direct Action - No. 73, 3 June 1916
Direct Action - No. 74, 10 June 1916
Direct Action - No. 75, 17 June 1916
Direct Action - No. 76, 24 June 1916
Direct Action - No. 77, 1 July 1916
Direct Action - No. 78, 8 July 1916
Direct Action - No. 79, 15 July 1916
Direct Action - No. 80, 22 July 1916
Direct Action - No. 81, 29 July 1916
Direct Action - No. 82, 5 Aug 1916
Direct Action - No. 83, 12 Aug 1916
Direct Action - No. 84, 19 Aug 1916
Direct Action - No. 85, 26 Aug 1916
Direct Action - No. 86, 2 Sep 1916
Direct Action - No. 87, 9 Sep 1916
Direct Action - No. 88, 16 Sep 1916 Miners' Special Edition
Direct Action - No. 89, 23 Sep 1916
Direct Action - No. 90, 30 Sep 1916
Direct Action - No. 91, 7 Oct 1916 With extra cover
Direct Action - No. 92, 14 Oct 1916 Circulation reaches 8000
Direct Action - No. 93, 21 Oct 1916
Direct Action - No. 94, 28 Oct 1916 New cover design
Direct Action - No. 95, 4 Nov 1916
Direct Action - No. 96, 11 Nov 1916 New cover design
Direct Action - No. 97, 18 Nov 1916
Direct Action - No. 98, 2 Dec 1916
Direct Action - No. 99, 9 Dec 1916
Direct Action - No. 100, 16 Dec 1916
Direct Action - No. 101, 23 Dec 1916
Direct Action - No. 102, 30 Dec 1916
Direct Action - No. 103, 6 Jan 1917
Direct Action - No. 104, 13 Jan 1917
Direct Action - No. 105, 20 Jan 1917
Direct Action - No. 106, 27 Jan 1917
Direct Action - No. 107, 3 Feb 1917
Direct Action - No. 108, 10 Feb 1917
Direct Action - No. 109, 17 Feb 1917
Direct Action - No. 110, 24 Feb 1917
Direct Action - No. 111, 3 Mar 1917
Direct Action - No. 112, 10 Mar 1917
Direct Action - No. 113, 17 Mar 1917
Direct Action - No. 114, 24 Mar 1917
Direct Action - No. 115, 31 Mar 1917
Direct Action - No. 116, 7 Apr 1917
Direct Action - No. 117, 14 Apr 1917
Direct Action - No. 118, 21 Apr 1917
Direct Action - No. 119, 28 Apr 1917
Direct Action - No. 120, 5 May 1917 Expanded May Day issue
Direct Action - No. 121, 12 May 1917
Direct Action - No. 122, 19 May 1917
Direct Action - No. 123, 26 May 1917
Direct Action - No. 124, 2 June 1917
Direct Action - No. 125, 9 June 1917
Direct Action - No. 126, 16 June 1917 Special Frame-Up issue
Direct Action - No. 127, 23 June 1917
Direct Action - No. 128, 30 June 1917
Direct Action - No. 129, 7 July 1917
Direct Action - No. 130, 14 July 1917
Direct Action - No. 131, 21 July 1917
Direct Action - No. 132, 28 July 1917
Direct Action - No. 133, 4 Aug 1917
Direct Action - No. 134, 11 Aug 1917 p.2-4 and Supplement
Direct Action - No. 135, 18 Aug 1917 Expanded issue

The rest of the issues will be uploaded over the next few weeks.

To read more about the history of the Wobblies in Australia, check out:

Memoirs of the Australian I.W.W. [Australia] by Bill Beattie.

Wikipedia's entry on the IWW in Australia.

Joseph Toscano's piece The Anzac Myth, which explores Wobbly activity against conscription during WWI.

Ian Bedford's article The I.W.W. in Australia.

Mark McGuire's article The I.W.W. in Australia.

The IWW's biography of Tom Barker.

Takver's bibliography of articles, book sections, books and dissertations about the Wobblies in Australia.

And don't forget to say hello to the recently rejuvenated Sydney Wobblies on their BookFace page!

And to the Wobblies in Australia, Melbourne and South Australia.