The Defeat of Conscription: A Centennial Retrospective


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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Date & time

Sat 29 Oct 2016, 1–5.30pm


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


School of History


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