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Badge - Australians No Conscription, A.E. Patrick, circa 1969 Object Reg. No: SH 920215

Summary:
Badge manufactured by A.E. Patrick, Newtown, Sydney, circa 1969. It is protesting against conscription in the Vietnam War. Compulsory National Service for 20-year-old males was introduced under the National Service Act in 1964, in response to Australia's participation in the Vietnam War. The selection of conscripts was based on date of birth, and conscripts were obligated to give two years' continuous full-time service, followed by a further three years on the active reserve list. The full-time service requirement was reduced to eighteen months in 1971. Conscription ended in December 1972 when the Whitlam Government came into power.
Description:
Circular button, dark blue/green background, printing in white curving around the top and bottom, at the centre is a white map of Australia, 'NO' printed in red capital letters on the map. Pin on the back. Manufacturers name and address printed in white on the underside.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.50 cm (Height), 2.30 cm (Width), 2.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: conscription, vietnam war 1959-1975, militaria australian, vietnamese communities, war service
Themes this item is part of: Conscription in Australia, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Vietnam War
Tertiary Classification: conscription
Inscriptions: Front: AUSTRALIANS/NO/CONSCRIPTION. Reverse: A.E. PATRICK MAKER 94 WILSON ST NEWTOWN SYD.
Manufacturer: A.E. Patrick, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1969
Place & Date Used: Australia, circa 1969

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