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The plaque commemorates the anti-conscription campaign undertaken World War One.

The Trades Hall Council in November, 1918, decided to erect a plaque "to commemorate the action of the people who voted against the introduction of conscription in Australia". A plaque was erected in the Lygon Street entrance of the trades hall. December 29th, 1917 is wrongly inscribed as the date of the second plebiscite, instead of 20th December, 1917, and has remained in error all these years. In 1967 the Jubilee committee commemorated the second plebiscite with a ceremony at the plaques in the Trades Hall.

The results were of the first referendum on 28 October 1916 was For Conscription 1,087,577 Against 1,160,033, and of the second referendum on 20 December 1917 was For Conscription 1,015,159 Against 1,181,747.



Address:Victoria & Lygon Streets, Trades Hall, Carlton, 3053
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.806324
Long: 144.966146
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-1918
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au