Article - 'Serenading Miss Pankhurst'
'Serenading Miss Pankhurst', Tribune, 10 January 1918, p. 5Contributors
On 7 January 1918 a crowd gathered outside Pentridge Prison in Coburg to show their support for Adela Pankhurst, who had been jailed for her involvement in anti-war demonstrations. Through songs, cries of "coo-ee" and small coloured balloons, they made their presence known to Pankhurst.
In January 1918, Adela Pankhurst was in the middle of a four month sentence in Pentridge Prison, for having "encouraged damage to property" as part of a demonstration against high food prices caused by the war. As she served this sentence she had grown somewhat despondent.
The rally to support Pankhurst began around 9pm and consisted of around 300 people, mostly women and mostly drawn from the Victorian Socialist Party that Pankhurst had become primarily involved with during 1917. Police soon cleared the demonstration and arrested two people, Richard and Lillias Land. (The crowd of serenaders followed them to the police station and continued their serenading there for another two hours!) The Lands were each fined £5. When they refused to pay they were sentenced to one months' imprisonment.
Serenading Miss Pankhurst
On last Monday evening a great crowd of no-conscriptionists paid a visit to Coburg for the purpose of serenading Miss Adela Pankhurst, who is now a prisoner in the Pentridge Stockade. Songs were sung, salvos of cheers repeated again and again and the whole gathering at a given signal, joined in a "Coo-ee" which must have carried long beyond the walls of the prison where the young democrat is confined. A message was sent in through one of the gaol officials, and in the hope of catching Miss Pankhurst's eye, as well as her ear, some coloured lights were sent skywards by her admiring comrades.
(A. G. Murphy, 160 George-street, East Melbourne).
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'
Story education resources
Education Against the Odds: The Victory over Conscription in WW1 Education Resource
The Against The Odds Education Resource provides a stimulating range of activities for students undertaking the compulsory Victorian History Curriculum Level 9/10 unit Australia at war (1914 – 1945). It helps students reflect on the complexities of the conscription debate through a range of analytical, creative and research tasks.
Education Against the Odds: The Victory over Conscription in WW1 Walking Map
The Against the Odds: The Victory over Conscription in WW1 Walking Map is a map of some of the sites described in the digital story or related to individuals therein. Download the map to use it for a self-guided tour in the area.