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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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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…

We'll Set the Children Free

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Song sheet for We'll Set the Children Free, set to the tune of John Brown's Body. Copies of the song were handed out at a demonstration outside the…

Manifesto to Conscripts

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Manifesto calling on men to passively resist conscription under the Defence Act. The manifesto was likely produced in 1911, during the early days of…

National Peace Council Meeting Flyer

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Flyer advertising a National Peace Council meeting at the Early Settlers' Hall, Oamaru, 11 July 1912.

WCTU Pamphlet

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A pamphlet produced by the New Zealand Women's Christian Temperance Union detailing the organisation's opposition to the Defence Act.