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Edward William Cole


E. W. Cole is largely forgotten today, but was a famous Melbourne bookseller in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He was also a pioneer of peace and internationalism.

Australia at Federation

The idea of Australia as a nation that was ‘born’ at Gallipoli is a common one. Yet the nation of Australia emerged in 1901. Both progressive social ideals and nationalistic military fears were important in shaping the nation in the decade before World War 1. This exhibit examines these issues in the foundation of Australia. 

Arts Towards Peace

William Kelly, A Meditation on Human Rights photo credit Kate O'Connor.jpg

An online exhibition by William Kelly. 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

2015 marked not only the centenary of ANZAC, it is also the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Women's lnternational League for Peace an Freedom, the oldest international women's peace movement in the world.



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.



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.



The Quakers

The Religious Society of Friends, better known as the Quakers, were one of the first groups to publicly work for peace in Australia. This section details the history of the Quakers both in Australia and further afield.



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.