Interview with Ted Hartley. (When the war came to Australia).

Accession Number F04053
Collection type Film
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description Betacam SP/Colour/sound
Maker Look Television Productions Pty Ltd
Date made 21 February 1991
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1990-1999

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Mr Ted Hartley was a conscientious objector, and outlines his beliefs which prompted his stand as a conscientious objector. He felt conscription was illegal, including conscription for war work and civil construction. After his first trial, he was put in touch with supportive pacifists. He was gaoled for six months, and describes the disgrace this brought on his family. He describes his time in gaol, and his concerns for the young kids in gaol- no place for young people. He was moved to a prison farm, and visited by pacifist friends. After his second prison term, he set up a prison reform council. He discusses groups who were persecuted eg Jevovah Witnesses. Mr Hartley mentions the general public attitude to objectors. He discusses the Japanese threat to Australia, and how the war changed Australia, in his opinion.