Article - Remarkably Quiet Day
'Remarkably Quiet Day', Brunswick and Coburg Leader, 3 November 1916 p. 1Contributors
This article contrasts the calm of election day itself with the emotion and controversy that had marked the campaign.
The conscription campaign had been extremely vitriolic. This newspaper, the Brunswick and Coburg Leader, had itself contributed to this vitriol having been fervently pro-conscription, and using its pages to attack Frank Anstey in particular.
The Referendum Election
Remarkably Quiet Day
The referendum election of 28th October will certainly be remembered as the quietest and most orderly of elections, as far at least as Brunswick (in the Bourke Electorate) and Coburg (in that of Maribyrnong) were concerned. It would be possible for a stranger passing through either place and not knowing the exact location of the various polling booths to be unaware that an election was taking place at all, much less one that the discussion of which has practically convulsed the country for the past two months. Never in any previous election have vituperation, abuse and angry feeling risen to such a height, and never at any previous election was less of this exhibited on polling day. The pavement litterateur armed with whitewash had liberally done his work on footpaths and fences, and the exhortations to vote 'No' in order to prevent your daughters going to the hymeneal altar with Chinese and other coloured bridegrooms, and the assurances that Maltese, in numbers varying from hundreds to millions, were on board vessels off the cost waiting for a 'Yes' vote to land, were innumerable. Presumably these sorts of efforts did not influence the votes, for the voters who came to record their contributions to the general verdict were without exception calm and collected, and had evidently made up their minds long before. From all the booths, the Masonic Hall in Brunswick north, the Town Hall in the south, Masonic Hall in the east and West Brunswick Hall in the west - from the Coburg Town Hall and the Moreland Infant School - came the same reports: "Everything orderly; no disturbances, and a total absence of excitement." In no instance were the police called upon to interfere. Some people said that this quietude was due to the closing of the hotel bars, while others maintained that even if the hotels had been trading as on ordinary Saturdays there would have been no trouble, as the people evidently noticed the importance of the events for decision, and were determined to exercise their voters' privileges in a quiet and orderly manner. There were, of course, numerous instances, mostly of female voters, who were in doubt as to how to indicate their preference, and these were directed by the officials to the printed notices in the booths plainly indicating what was to be done.
Australia and World War One
Photograph - Send-off to the Brunswick Soldiers
Photograph - Brunswick Town Hall Honour Board
Memorial Plaque - Leonard William Telford
Poster - 'Australia has Promised Britain 50,000 More Men'
Labour Activists of Brunswick and Coburg
Photograph - Frank Anstey
Photograph - John Curtin
Photograph - Frank Hyett
Photograph - Maurice Blackburn
The Trade Unions' Anti-conscription Campaign
Handbill - 'The Blood Vote'
Cartoon - 'The Charge of the Would to God Brigade'
Handbill - Slave Conspiracy
The Women's Movement During the War
Photograph - Vida Goldstein
Photograph - Adela Pankhurst
Handbill - Conscription and Woman's Loyalty
Photograph - 'Women's No Conscription Demonstration'
Bella Lavender - Brunswick Campaigner
Photograph - Bella Lavender
Cartoon - Bella Lavender
Letter - Bella Lavender to Education Department
Photograph - Labor Women's Anti-conscription Committee
Religious Perspectives on Conscription
Handbill - Conscription and Christianity
Handbill - Conscription Questions for Voters
Handbill - How Would Christ Vote?
The Catholic Church and Conscription
Photograph - Daniel Mannix
Article - Cause of the War
Article - Revolt Victims
Cartoon - Australian Workman's Burden
Brunswick and Coburg During the Campaigns
Article - No Anti-conscription Meetings in Brunswick
Handbill - Public Meeting Against Conscription
Advertisement - Recruitment Meeting
Article - Remarkably Quiet Day
The Two Referendums
Handbill - Vote Thus Against Conscription
Article - Military Service Referendum Poll
Article - Conscription. Mr Hughes in Queensland
Article - 'Bourke'
The Soldiers' Votes
Diary - Claude Ewart
Photograph - Jack and Bert Grinton
Handbill - Returned Soldiers' No Conscription League Manifesto
Photograph - Soldiers Voting
Consequences for the Campaigners
Inscription - Police Just Raided
Article - 'Failure to Enrol'
Letter - Adela Pankhurst to Sallie Walsh
Article - 'Serenading Miss Pankhurst'
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