Handbill - Slave Conspiracy
Handbill - Slave Conspiracy,
State Library of Victoria,
Riley and ephemera collection,
Political Ephemera relating to Anti-Conscription, 1916-1918.Contributors
Some of the campaign material produced by the trade unions’ campaign would not be considered acceptable today. However, as was common in the labour movement at the time, a fear of new immigrants undercutting labour conditions led to racist messages.
This handbill reflected a concern that a labour shortage created by conscription would lead to foreign workers who would work for lower wages coming to Australia. The focus on potential Maltese migrants was a feature of the latter stages of the first referendum campaign, even though it had no realistic foundation. This handbill was also authorised by John Curtin, and reflects an argument that Frank Anstey had made previously.
Not all members of the labour movement agreed with these messages. Anstey, in particular, was criticised at the time by other socialists for employing racist imagery.
Astounding Revelation. More Maltese
The following letter speaks for itself:—
Australian Military Forces—3rd Military District
From Censor, Melbourne
To the Editor
Confidential and Not for Publication
I am directed to inform you that no reference whatever is to be made in the press to the arrival or expected arrival of a batch of Maltese Immigrants.
Robt. J De Courcy Talbot,
Lieut. Colonel.—For Censor
Remember the statement of Staughton, Conscriptionist and Shareholder in the Austral Hat Mills, that the way to defeat Australian Unionism was to import Cheap and Colored Labor.
Vote No and Save Australia
Authorised by J. Curtin, Secretary National Executive
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.