Rowan Cahill was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, and has worked as a teacher, freelance writer, agricultural labourer, and for the trade union movement as a journalist, historian, and rank and file activist. He is currently an Honorary Fellow with the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at Wollongong University. Rowan has published extensively in labour movement, radical and academic publications. His books include as co-author A History of the Seamen's Union of Australia, 1872-1972 (1981), Twentieth Century Australia: Conflict and Consensus (1987), and as co-editor, A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965-1975 (2005). His most recent book, co-authored with Terry Irving, is Radical Sydney (2010). He sometimes describes himself as a Granger (Grey+Anger).