Unidentified men, probably of the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, line up to submit their ...

Accession Number P11464.069.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Ottoman Empire: Palestine
Date made October 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Unidentified men, probably of the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, line up to submit their vote in the referendum. Australian voters, including those serving overseas, were asked in October 1916, and then again in December 1917, to vote on the issue of conscription. Military training for Australian men aged 18 to 60 had been compulsory since 1911. If the referendum was carried, it would have enabled the Australian government to extended this requirement to service overseas. The referendum was defeated with 1087557 votes in favour and 1160033 against.

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