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The response of the Labour Movement to conscription: political objectors to military service

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In the early part of the 20th Century, Christchurch was an absolute hotbed of socialism, and the advent of World War...

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The legacy of the World War I peace movement

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The end of the war did not mean the end of the peace movement. Instead, in the interwar years there...

The response of the Labour Movement to conscription: political objectors to military service

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In the early part of the 20th Century, Christchurch was an absolute hotbed of socialism, and the advent of World War...

Women peacemakers

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Women were not directly affected by compulsory military training or conscription, but many mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and grandmothers had...

Conscription, and those who objected for religious, ethical or humanitarian reasons

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As the war continued and the high number of casualties became known, volunteers were less keen to enlist. The New...

Pre-War Anti-Militarism and the Passive Resisters Union

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The pre-war peace movement began in response to the 1909 Defence Act which introduced compulsory military training or ‘Peacetime Conscription’....

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Delgado

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In the 1930s Reg Williams was a trapeze artist, pictured here under his stage name of 'Delgado'. His act, called the 'Slide of Death', was a…

Victoria Square Meeting

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Street meeting of Christchurch "Passive Resisters" who protested against the imprisonment of youths for non-compliance with the Defence Act. The…

Photo of David Gray

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David Gray, is the soldier seated left who is watching a fellow conscientious objector (CO) being dressed in military uniform. In 1917 Gray was one of…

Robin and Fred Page

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Robin Page, far right, is seen here with his younger brother Fred (second from the left) and two friends: Alf Paterson on the left, and Norman…

Waikeria Prison

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This image of Waikeria Prison comes from a Government Publication called 'The Evolution of the Prison System', published in 1923. It shows a view of…