Monday, 23 June 2014


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, opposition to the war in Vietnam had grown to a huge mass movement. 

This piece of remnant graffiti promoting the cause still exists (as of yesterday!) in the railway underpass at Arncliffe in Sydney. I wonder if there is any elsewhere?

The Moratorium against the Vietnam War began in the United States, with the first Moratorium march on 15 October, 1969. This followed anti-war marches on the United Nations and Pentagon in 1967. On 15 November, 1969, 500,000 people marched on Washington DC.

In Australia the first marches took place on 8 and 9 May, 1970. Over 200,000 people took part, 100 000 in Melbourne. It was the largest mass movement against the war to that time. The second was in September 1970 and the third  in July 1971. By this time, public opinion was turning decisively against conscription and Australia's involvement in the war.

1 comment:

Michael Williams said...

I lived in Arncliffe 2001 to 2009, and walked my dog around a lot of these streets. Arncliffe has a fair bit of vacant land that was very handy to take a fairly anti-social dog. I didn't have to go to the same place every single day - there was variety for me and for him.
One place that was constantly changing that I'd love to see some new photos of is the track along the concrete covered fuel pipelines that cross the Cooks River to the airport. Zoom into 33°56'28.8"S 151°09'27.8"E on the satellite view of Google Maps.
There was some brilliant grafitti artwork along there. The weaker pieces would regularly be painted over, and tragically sometimes the truly great ones were too. Photos that capture these temporary works I think are quite valuable. I'd be very curious to see what is along there now. If you've been living in Arncliffe that long I'm sure you know the track I'm talking about. You either access it from the carpark to the northern Barton park sports fields following the track north along the river to the pipeline and then west, or you go under Marsh St and go along the track between the golf course and the M5 East, or walk along the top of the concrete from the track under the M5 East from Eve St.