John’s research interests include colonial history (particularly Indochina) and labour and social history.

He is also a published novelist and short story writer.

John was instrumental in the project to erect a monument at Spotswood to honour construction workers killed in the collapse of the main Melbourne outfall sewer tunnel in 1895.

He is currently working on a people’s history of the city of Akron, Ohio, and a chapter in an edited book on the contact of the West with Cambodia.



Tully, J, (2015). Robbed of Every Blessing (Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers). (novel)

Tully, J, (2014). Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement (foreword by John Marriott and preface by John Callow), (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2014 and London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2014)

Tully, J (2011). The Devil's Milk: A Social History of Rubber, Monthly Review Press, New York

Tully, J (2010). Dark Clouds on the Mountain, Hybrid Publishing, Melbourne (novel).

Tully, J (2006). A Short History of Cambodia: From Empire to Survival, Allen & Unwin, NSW and Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai.

John is also the author of a number of short stories and book reviews published in Australian and international literary and historical publications including:

  • Aspect: Art and Literature
  • Island Magazine
  • Overland
  • Labour History
  • Journal of the Siam Society
  • Australian Multicultural Review.

Journal articles

Tully, J (2014), 'Silvertown 1889: The East End's Great Forgotten Strike', Labour History Review, (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014)

Tully, J (2012), '"Nothing But Rebels": Union Sisters at the Sydney Rubber Works, 1918-42', Labour History (Sydney: Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Issue 103, November 2012, pp.59-89).

Tully, J (2009), 'A Victorian Ecological Disaster: Imperialism, the Telegraph, and Gutta-Percha', Journal of World History, Vol.20, No.4, pp. 559-579. (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, December 2009, pp.559-579).

Teaching responsibilities

John currently supervises one honours student and co-supervises one PhD student.

Appearances in the media

John has been interviewed about his books by radio stations in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Articles about his research have appeared in local newspapers in Sydney and London.


Areas of expertise

  • colonialism
  • Labour history
  • Socialism

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