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The Australian National University

The Defeat of Conscription: A Centennial Retrospective

Date and time

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 13:00 - 17:30


Hedley Bull Centre (Building 130), Room 2, The Australian National University


Australian Society for the Study of Labour History in partnership with the School of History, The Australian National University


Frank Bongiorno - Welcome: Why does the centenary of the conscription crisis matter?


Chair: Anthony McLaughlin
Humphrey McQueen - Conscription - Class and Nation
Robin Archer - Why Was There a Conscription Referendum?
Scott Stephenson - Opposition through Oligarchy: The AWU and the 1916 Conscription Plebiscite
Maggie Shapley - Conscription: Where are the Archives?


Afternoon tea Professor Joan Beaumont to launch: The Conscription Conflict and the Great War, edited by Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer (Book will be available for special price of $30)


Chair: Chris Monnox
Frank Cain - Saucing-up the Anti-Conscription Protests  by the Industrial Workers of the World and the Official Reactions
Melanie Nolan - Fighting Militarism and Conscription in New Zealand 1908-1918: So Very Different From Australia?
Bill Thompson - The Sequel
David Stephens - Honest History and Conscription: Lateral Thinking in a Linear Commemorative World

Free event and no RSVP required

The event will be followed by a dinner at Spicy Ginger Café, 25 Childers Street, Canberra. BYO wine only.  If you wish to attend the dinner, please email:

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