Story: Second World War

Conscription ballot: drawing the first marble (1st of 2)

Conscription ballot: drawing the first marble

In July 1940 it was decided that conscription would be introduced and on 24 September the first men were balloted. Here Robert Semple, minister of national service, draws the first marble in the ballot in Wellington.  Minister of Defence Frederick Jones (second from left) was also present. 16,000 names were drawn, from which 6,000 were called into service.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - A more intense effort, 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016