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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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The Perfect Soldier

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A Maoriland Worker newspaper cartoon satirising the introduction of Compulsory Military Training (CMT)

Charles Mackie

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A profile photograph of Charles Mackie

Delegates attending the NZWCTU's national convention in Dunedin, 1912

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A photograph of the New Zealand Women's Christian Temperance Union's national convention in Dunedin, 1912. The National President of the WCTU, Fanny…

Rotoaira Prison for First World War objectors

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Photograph of Rotoaira Prison camp number two and Whakapapanui stone bridge.

N . M. (Norman) Bell (right) conscientious objector, seen here with another young man, probably his brother Harold.

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A photograph of Norman Bell (right) conscientious objector, seen here with another young man, probably his brother Harold.