Launch Invitation: ‘Against the Odds: The Victory over Conscription in World War I’

Against the Odds tells the story of how diverse groups and individuals collectively defeated conscription during World War I and left a lasting legacy for Australia.  It highlights the role of Brunswick – Coburg activists in the successful anti-conscription campaign.  The film complements events organized by of the Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Commemoration Campaign (BCACCC) to... Continue Reading →

Democratic Opposition to War The 1916-17 anti-conscription campaigns: Impacts and legacies

Conference: 20 May 2017, 9am-4.30pm, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 2017 marks the centenary of the defeat of the 1917 conscription plebiscite. During 1917, in the midst of the war, Australian anti-conscription campaigners succeeded in defeating the introduction of conscription for a second time. This was a unique example of popular opposition to conscription in the countries engaged in WW1,... Continue Reading →

The Conscription Conflict and the Great War

By Michael Hamel-Green Review of The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer (Monash University Publishing: Clayton, 2016), paper $29.95. The First World War was to take the lives of eleven million soldiers on both sides, seven million civilians, and, as a further consequence, the... Continue Reading →

Opposing War: Women’s Protest in World War I

By Judith Smart The following is the text of a lecture given by Judy Smart to the Brunswick Coburg Anti-conscription Commemoration Committee, 3 May 2016. It is reproduced here with the author's permission.    When feminist historians, led by Carmel Shute in 1975, first started writing about the part played by women on the Australian... Continue Reading →

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