Story: Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism

Anti-conscription conference, 1917

Anti-conscription conference, 1917

Opposition to conscription was widespread. This photo shows the huge national anti-conscription conference held in Christchurch in March 1917. Among those taking part were Christian pacifists, socialists, Irish republicans and those with an ethical but non-religious opposition to the war.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Conscription', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012