Teacher, activist, scholar and friend
by Julie Kimber
Peter Love, president of the Melbourne Branch of the Melbourne Labour History Society since 1988, has died. His contributions to the society have been immense.
Peter joined the executive of the Melbourne Branch in 1973, edited its official newsletter Recorder from 1974-1982, and penned innumerable articles. For over thirty years, Peter also served on the federal executive and the editorial board of its journal, Labour History.
His wife, Susanne, arranged a Big Send Off for Peter at Trades Hall, a place of singular importance to Peter. He was deeply proud to be a Trades Hall and Literary Institute trustee, a role he held since 2015.
Though he will not know it, Trades Hall flew its flags at half-mast for Peter in the week after his death. It was a fitting tribute for a man who gave so much of his life to the labour movement and to safeguarding its history.
Following family tradition, his wife, Susanne, was elected as secretary of our branch at last year’s AGM. We will miss him.