Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

‘Practical Utopians’: Rochdale Consumer Co-Operatives in Australia and New Zealand

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2008), 95, (1), 97–110.

Abstract

Rochdale consumer co-operatives have played an integral role in the lives of many people in particular localities in Australia and New Zealand, but have been largely overlooked by labour historians in both countries. While the Rochdale movement was more advanced in Australia than New Zealand, at no point did the movements in the two countries reach the same heights as their counterpart in Britain. A preliminary examination of the movements in Australia and New Zealand demonstrates that Rochdale co-operatives in both countries had similar ‘waves of interest’ and obstacles to their advancement. While the movement has collapsed in both countries, a number of Rochdale consumer co-operatives survive in rural areas of Australia, chiefly by drawing upon a reciprocal loyalty relationship with the local community.

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Balnave, Nikola

Patmore, Greg

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