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Some Stood Up: Dissidents In World War I


Thu 14 May 2015, 10:00am–11:00am

Where: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: leonie18

The popular concept is that Australians were raring to go when Britain declared war in August 1914, but the reality was much more complex. There were some who steadfastly opposed the war. These were people of strong convictions, whether grounded in religious, socialist or humanist beliefs, who saw warfare as a negation of civilisation. Bobbie Oliver's talk will briefly outline this history and then concentrate on some principle dissidents in Western Australia during World War I. You may be surprised to learn that some of these were ex-soldiers, and that Vietnam was not the only 'unpopular' war.

Bobbie Oliver is Associate Professor of History at Curtin University. Her research interests include the labour movement and conscientious objectors to military service. Her most recent publication, co-edited with Dr Sue Summers, is: Lest We Forget: Marginalised aspects of Australia at war and peace, Black Swan Press, Bentley, 2014.