On 8 May 1970, approximately 200,000 people marched throughout significant Australian cities as part of the Vietnam Moratorium ­– a protest versus Australian involvement in the Vietnam War ­– the biggest public demonstrations in Australia’s background at the time.

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An approximated 70,000 peacecompletely inhabited the city of Melbourne, with task centred on the Treasury Gardens, adjacent to Parliament House; chants of “Out now” and also “Sheight occupational to sheight the war” rang via the highways.

The protests took place in the time of a period of excellent social adjust, through people from a variety of backgrounds ready to defy authority. While the bulk of support for the motion came from the young (particularly the growing variety of militant leftists), a range of groups expressed opposition to the war: clergy, teachers, academics, unions, politicians and also institution students.

Later moratoriums took location in September 1970 and also June 1971, however were overcame by left-wing extremists, and fewer human being attfinished.


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To mark the 50th anniversary of the initially and best Vietnam Moratorium protest march, we existing the following selection of Vietnam protest posters from the Memorial’s arsenal.

Posters are simple, yet effective ­– recording the attention of a large audience through little bit even more than a fleeting glance ­– and have actually been a key part of mass protests for over a century. In 1917 Hungarian activist Lajos Kassák characterised the creator of the poster as “a moral individual, full of belief and also desire for unity! And his images are weapons of war!”


Explore some of the posters in our arsenal.
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Accession Number: P00671.008


Last updated:5 May 2021


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