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Darragh Christie, 12 December 2017 · # · Comment

'NO' again Billy

With recruitment falling in 1917, Hughes called for a 2nd plebiscite on conscription. This campaign was just as devisive as the 1916 campaign. On December 20th the nation voted. The answer was; No, again.

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Donna, 16 November 2017 · # · Comment

George Franki

We were saddened to hear of the passing of George Franki. George was an enthusiastic researcher and a valued supporter of Mosman 1914- 1918: Doing Our Bit.

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Darragh Christie, 7 November 2017 · # · Comment

Taronga Zoo's 'New Exhibits.'

Screen shot of Great War (1917) film reconstructed by NFSA experts. The protest placards make humorous reference to the Zoo’s use as a strike-breakers camp.

A poem called ‘The New Exhibits’ by R.J. Cassidy was published in the The Worker. It pokes fun at Zoo’s temporary residents – ‘free labourer’s’ being used to break the Great Strike of 1917.

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Darragh Christie, 1 November 2017 · # · Comment

They charged but didn't come home (Beersheba, 1917.)

Mary Lou Byrne recently added this photo to Barry O’Keefe Library’s Trace image archive

Four men, Gerald Digby, Gordon Abbott, Rex Coley and Colin Bull, charged towards Beersheba. Only two came home. from the online archive of the Digby family

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Darragh Christie, 28 October 2017 · # · · Comment

'The Blood Vote.'

On the 28th of October 1916, Australians were asked to vote “YES” or “NO”, in favour of military conscription or against it. It was, in the words of Official Historian C.W. Bean “one of the most acrimonious struggles Australia has ever seen.”

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