Reinforcements Referendum Vote Yes...

Place Oceania: Australia, Victoria, Melbourne
Accession Number AWM2017.1202.1
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 36 x 50.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description offset lithograph
Maker Reinforcement Referendum Council
Sands & McDougall Pty Ltd
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This poster was created in support of the second conscription referendum put to the Australian people on 20 December 1917 by Prime Minister Hughes. It asked citizens: Are you in favour of the proposal of the Commonwealth Government for reinforcing the Commonwealth Forces overseas?' The referendum was defeated with 1,015,159 in favour and 1,181,747 against. Significantly the poster incorporates a quote by former Prime Minister Andrew Fisher. At the time Fisher was serving as Australia’s High Commissioner in London and opposed Hughes on the issue of conscription.