Lottery ball

Lottery ball

During the Vietnam War, Australian men who had turned 20 had to register for National Service (with exceptions including serving members of the permanent military forces, non-British migrants, and Indigenous Australians). Men were randomly selected for national service by the “birthday ballot”: 184 numbered wooden balls were placed in a barrel, one for each day of a six-month period. Number 87 represents 28 March 1945, Errol Noack’s birthday.

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