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 be sent to South Vietnam
June – Melbourne wharf workers refuse to load barbed wire for ‘strategic villages’ (concentration camps) in South Vietnam
July – Menzies Government despatches thirty military ‘advisors’ to support the forces of Diem regime in South Vietnam
August – ‘Cavalcade to Canberra’ organised by CICD delivers petition (signed by 205,000) demanding nuclear-free Southern Hemisphere
October – Cuban missile crisis
Download the full timeline here, or click through below for a year-by-year timeline (with pictures) of this momentous period.
‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972
Citation: Ken Mansell, ‘Taking to the Streets against the Vietnam War’: A Timeline History of Australian Protest 1962-1972, Labour History Melbourne (8 May 2020).