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A man has gone from here to fight for liberty
Title : A man has gone from here to fight for liberty A man has gone from here to fight for liberty
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Creator : Australian Government
Source : Leaflets : National Referendum of 1916
Date of creation : ca. 1916
Format : Ephemera
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A leaflet produced by the Australian Government to rally public support for involvement in the First World War, and to recruit men to military service.


In a pre-electronic era, leaflets and posters were used extensively by the Australian Government to rally public support for involvement in the war, and recruit men to military service. Emotive text and images were employed to influence public opinion and strengthen patriotism.

In the First World War, all who served in the Australian Imperial Force were volunteers who enlisted of their own volition, or responded to the recruiting drives. Initially, large numbers volunteered for war service but massive casualties at the Front resulted in the need for recruitment drives.

Referendums about the issue of conscription held on 28 October 1916 and again on 20 December 1917 were both defeated, particularly in South Australia. The total number of more than 34,500 volunteers in South Australia comprised 38 per cent of the state's men aged 18-44 years - approximately one ninth of the Australian forces.

Subjects
Period : 1914-1918
Further reading :

Jauncey, Leslie C. The story of conscription in Australia, [South Melbourne] Macmillan of Australia, 1968

Stock, Jenis Marie. The 1916 conscription referendum: an analysis of voting patterns in rural areas of South Australia, Adelaide, 1978

Internet links :
South Australians at war See: Conscription
First World War.com See: Feature Articles: Of Fraud and Force Fast Woven: Domestic Propaganda During The First World War

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