This cartoon, published in the New Zealand Observer in July 1916, satirises the 'newborn conscientious objector', who adopted a religious belief allegedly to escape conscription. It shows a 'shirker' evading the recruitment officer by escaping into a Quaker meeting house. The Quakers had a centuries-old tradition of pacifism.
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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Observer, 1 July 1916, p. 16
Cartoon by William Blomfield
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