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Vietnam - Thoughts of home
Marching in the streets Section of crowd demonstrating at a Vietnam Moratorium march on the steps of Parliament House, Melbourne 1970.


Australians took to the streets to protest against conscription. There was something unsettling about sending young men to fight, often against their will.

As the conflict wore on, it was clear the Vietnam War was being fought on two fronts, in the jungles of Vietnam and on the streets of Australia.



"It's like winning the lottery. Your marble may have come out, it may not have come out. Dad said not to worry about it, we'll worry about it when the time comes.

"From memory, and it's getting a bit old now, but I think the first ballot was on the TV. It wasn't. And I don't think they announced the dates. You just saw them draw the marbles out. I think we were notified then by mail that our marble had come out."

CORPORAL PHIL BAXTER



Alan Gould, protester

ALAN GOULD, PROTESTER

 
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"We weren't allowed to vote when I was 20. The voting age was still 21. So I felt I was doing what the Australian people wanted us to do. They wanted us to be conscripted and ultimately go over to Vietnam to fight."

CORPORAL PHIL BAXTER



Alan Gould, protester

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"Errol Noack, the death of Errol Noack had a particular significance because he was the first Australian conscript to die in the Vietnam War and I think from that point of view it just, I don't know it generated a particular sadness because we knew it was the first of many".

JOAN COXSEDGE, ACTIVIST



Joan Coxsedge

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THE CONFLICT WORE ON


Australians took to the streets to protest against conscription. There was something unsettling about sending young men to fight, often against their will.


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Alan Gould, protester

ALAN GOULD, PROTESTER

 
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