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Fabianism (1884 - )

Political Group and Political Philosophy


The Farian society was founded by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, George Bernard Shaw and HG Wells as a society to promote non-Marxist, evolutionary socialism. Fabian Societies were first formed in Melbourne in 1885 by Henry Hyde Champion and in Adelaide in 1891 by Rev. C.L. Marson.

Fabianism remains an influence in the modern labour movement.



  • Rayment, A.W., The rights of labor; and how to obtain them, Printed for the proprietor and publishe[r], H.S.Taylor, by Hutchison, Craker and Smith, Adelaide, 1891, 31 pp. Image PDF Transcript HTML Transcript PDF Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Radical, 'A Plea for Unity', The Pioneer, A. Timmann., Adelaide, 1 October 1892, p. 1. Image PDF Details


  • Champion, Henry Hyde, The Root of the Matter: Being a Series of Dialogues on Social Questions. Melbourne, E. W. Cole [This scan courtesy of the State Library of Victoria], Melbourne, 1898. Image PDF Details


See also

  • Mathews, Race (ed.), Socialist Songs; Victorian Fabanian Society, Victorian Fabian Society, Melbourne, 1963, 64 pp. Image PDF Details