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Memorial represents thousands of objectors

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12.07.2018

Archibald Baxter

Gerald Cunningham (ODT, 10.7.18) expresses doubt about the proposed Dunedin memorial to those who opposed conscription in World War 1, but his doubts do not seem to be based on historical fact.

The facts are that in August 1915, a new political entity, the National Government, later to rename itself the National Party, took power. Among its first acts was the compilation of a register of all New Zealand men between the ages of 17 and 60. Refusal to register incurred a fine of 100, an astronomical sum to a working man. The government denied the register was a prelude to conscription but, in 1916, that's exactly what it........

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