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Women peacemakers

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Women were not directly affected by compulsory military training or conscription, but many mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and grandmothers had...

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The legacy of the World War I peace movement

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The end of the war did not mean the end of the peace movement. Instead, in the interwar years there...

The response of the Labour Movement to conscription: political objectors to military service

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In the early part of the 20th century Christchurch was a hotbed of socialism, and the advent of the First World...

Women peacemakers

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Women were not directly affected by compulsory military training or conscription, but many mothers, wives, aunts, sisters and grandmothers had...

Conscription, and those who objected for religious, ethical or humanitarian reasons

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As the war continued and the high number of casualties became known, volunteers were less keen to enlist. The New...

Pre-War Anti-Militarism and the Passive Resisters Union

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The pre-war peace movement began in response to the 1909 Defence Act which introduced compulsory military training or ‘Peacetime Conscription’....

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First 'Annual Meeting' New Zealand Friends, Christchurch

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A photograph of a large group of people sitting outside a building. English Quaker Percy Fletcher attended this first Annual Meeting of the New…

First General Meeting of the New Zealand Society of Friends (Quakers)

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A photograph of a large group of people, the delegates to the conference of the Society of Friends in New Zealand, held in Auckland at Easter 1914. …

Silas Stedman in uniform

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Photograph of Silas Stedman in military uniform