Dundonald, a Scottish engineering worker, first met Nechaev and Bakunin in Geneva in 1869. He was so impressed with their ideas that he translated The Catechism of a Revolutionist into English in 1870. When he returned to Scotland he devoted himself to organising syndicalist groups and became involved in actions to sabotage the spread of industrialisation in Scotland.
He was forced to flee Scotland because of his activities and eventually turned up in Australia. He reversed his name to Donald Duncan but continued to be involved in workplace activity. His best known works are "The Great Fire of Melbourne" published in 1898 and his analysis of the Sunshine Railway accident at Sunshine Harvesters, one of Australia's expanding new industrial complexes at the edge of Melbourne. He published this work in 1908. Although growing old and concerned about being sent back to Scotland to face charges, he gave moral support to the emerging Industrial Workers of The World.
I'm keen to learn more about Dundonald's life in Melbourne. I understand his descendants still live in Melbourne. If anybody has any access to information about this man and his life, or if anybody has seen or has a copy of 'The Great Fire of Melbourne' published in 1898, can they Email me at email@example.com, write to me at PO Box 20, Parkville 3052, Melbourne, Australia or contact me via The Anarchist Age Institute (03) 9828 2856. Joseph Toscano.
PS. I understand his grandson spent some time in Pentridge prison in Melbourne in the late 1960's / early 1970's and may have had some contact with the anarchist movement in Melbourne during this period.
From: Melbourne Anarchist Archives Vol. 1 1966-1973.