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 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

Introduction

Prologue

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

Postscript

 

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).

©Ken Mansell