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Save Our Sons Movement (1965 - 1973)



First established in Sydney, and later in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Adelaide the movement protested against conscription of Australians to fight in the Vietnam war. The movement made conscription of men under 18 who were not eligible to vote at that time a focus of their campiagn.

In 1970, five Save Our Sons women were jailed in Melbourne for handing out anti-conscription pamphlets whilst on government property. They included Jean Maclean, Rene Miller and Jo Maclaine-Cross.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Save Our Sons Movement Records, 1965 - 1973, MS 3821; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia, Pictorial Collection

Elle Morrell

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