1964 March – CND march Dandenong to Melbourne against French nuclear tests April 5 – CICD launches national petition against French nuclear tests in Pacific and underground nuclear tests June 6 – Defence Minister Paltridge announces doubling (30 to 60) of Australian military ‘advisors’ in South Vietnam July 6 – Warrant Officer Kevin Conway from... Continue Reading →
1963 January – External Affairs Minister Barwick announces further consignment of wire and ‘equipment’ for ‘strategic villages’ in South Vietnam March 8 – Jim Cairns denounces ‘military resistance to national-revolutionary movements in economically-retarded countries’ March 26 – CICD launches new nation-wide petition for nuclear-free zone in Southern Hemisphere and against foreign military bases on Australian... Continue Reading →
1962 March – CND in Melbourne campaigns against atmospheric testing by both superpowers April – ‘Aldermaston Solidarity March’ organised by ANZ Congress for International Cooperation and Disarmament (CICD) May – U.S Secretary of State Dean Rusk visits Australia to demand Australian participation in South Vietnam conflict 24 – Australian Government announces thirty ‘military advisors’ to... Continue Reading →
It started as a trickle and became a flood. The first Australians to protest against the Vietnam war in the early sixties could not have imagined their tiny and isolated movement was laying the seeds of what was to eventually become the largest and greatest social movement in the annals of Australian protest. Vietnam was... Continue Reading →
1945 August – ‘August Revolution’ in Saigon ousts Japanese September 2 – Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnamese independence French colonial forces re-occupy Vietnam and are resisted by Viet Minh – the first Indo-China war begins 1954 U.S finances cost of French war in Vietnam and uses air force in battle of Dien Bien Phu. ... Continue Reading →
In 1989, Barry York published his book, Student Revolt: La Trobe University 1967-73. Based on research undertaken for his MA, this participant history recalls the spirit of the student rebellions at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. Long out of print, the book is now available to download free of charge from Barry's website.