Pages from The National Times newspaper on 7 December 1984. The article highlighted is about Simon Townsend and his stance against conscription during the Vietnam War.
Front page of The National Times newspaper from 7 December 1984, featuring a headline for a story about 'the activist leaders of the 60s'.
Australians responded to the declaration of war in August 1914 with enthusiasm.
Conscription was introduced by law in New Zealand. However, Australians were able to vote on introducing conscription in a referendum in October 1916.
Phil Goddard (Nicholas Eadie) has been called up and is being trained for the war in Indo China.
In just a few carefully selected brush strokes, a middle class family is portrayed on the cusp of Australia’s entry into the Vietnam war.
The slowly disintegrating Goddard family are watching the news. They are painfully aware that their son, Phil (Nicholas Eadie) is in Vietnam as a conscript.
Billy has saved a fellow recruit from drowning, so his commander gives him a reward, a history book Australia and the World War, written by SH Perry.
Jack (Snowy Baker) has pursued the German spies to the secret beach from which they will rendezvous with a German ship.
Jack and Jimmy have discovered the gang’s secret city hide-out. Gang boss Bill Warne (Billy Ryan) escapes, pursued by Jack (Snowy Baker).