OLD TREASURY SPOTLIGHTS CONSCRIPTION
The Old Treasury Building’s latest exhibition, “A Nation Divided: the Great War and Conscription”, tells the story of Conscription during the First World War. The debate over conscription was amongst the most bitter, divisive and violent ever to consume the nation. From 1916–1917 thousands of impassioned speeches were made, endless newspaper columns were written, and mass meetings and huge rallies were held throughout Australia. Two referendums were held, the first in 1916 then another in 1917. On each occasion a majority of Australians voted ‘No’. In the end Australia was one of few combatant nations to field an army comprised entirely of volunteers. The exhibition includes posters and other materials from the time.