Australian Living Peace Museum

Browse Exhibits (14 total)

Arts Towards Peace

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An online art exhibition by Bill Kelly. 


Harry van Moorst: Opposition to the Vietnam War


The Vietnam War is one of the one of the most well-known conflicts in Australian history. Participation in or protest against the Vietnam War was a defining act for many Australians of the generation, and these have shaped many understandings of war, peace and protest for the generations since.

This exhibition gives a personal reflection by Harry van Moorst, as a student activist, on the struggles for peace during the Vietnam War in the form of the Moratorium and the draft resistance movements.



Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW)

The Medical Association for the Prevention of War Australia is the local affiliate of one of the highest-profile international professional peace groups. This section gives more details about their history and operation.



Nuclear Weapons in Australia & the Pacific


The development of nuclear weapons during and after WWII dramatically changed both the nature of warfare and public opinion about it.

Australia and the Pacific were some of the main sites used by nuclear powers to test these weapons. Resistance to nuclear testing has been a major feature of peace activism since the second half of the twentieth century.



Opposition to the Vietnam War in Australia


Australia's 1965-1972 involvement alongside the US in the Vietnam War and its associated introduction of conscription was opposed by one of the largest protest movements since the end of the Second World War.



Peace Activists Remembered

This section contains short profiles of Australian peace activists who have played important roles at various stages in the history of the peace movement.

The Australian Peace Movement 1914-18

This exhibit begins with eight snapshots illustrating peace activism by individuals and groups during the first Word War.

Second it offers an overview of the organisations involved in the 1914-18 period.

Third, it comments on the outstanding success: the defeat of the conscription referenda.

Finally, this exhibit concludes with a note on the relevance of all this for our peace work today.