'Australia has promised Britain 50,000 more men', 1915

‘Australia has promised Britain 50,000 more men’, 1915

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria, Australia

To continue our theme of volunteers and conscripts, we’ve invited Jennifer McNeice to talk about how military exemption courts helped to prevent the introduction of Australian overseas conscription during the First World War.

This event is part of the National Army Museum’s regular Daytime Talks series.

The contribution of Australian soldiers during the First World War is well-known. However, it is rarely reported that approximately 45 per cent of eligible Australian men did not enlist and more than 87,000 men actively sought exemption from military service.

In this talk Jennifer McNeice will explore the records and conduct of Australia’s military exemption courts and look at how they helped to prevent the introduction of overseas conscription.

Jennifer McNeice is a local and family historian who writes, provides consultancy advice and conducts workshops for other researchers. She is a member of the Genealogical Society of Victoria and the Society of Australian Genealogists, and holds a Bachelor of Science (University of Melbourne) and Diploma in Family Historical Studies.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.



Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Venue details


Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove

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