Robert Martin (anti-war activist)

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Robert Martin (born 1949) is an Australian historian who resisted conscription for military service during the Vietnam War.

Martin refused to register for conscription, holding an objection to the Vietnam War in particular. In late 1971 he was sentenced to one week in Adelaide Gaol as a conscientious non-complier with the National Service Act, and in February 1972 he was sentenced to eighteen months for refusing to report at Keswick Barracks. He was released by the Whitlam Duumvirate in December 1972 having served ten months - one of seven men in Australian prisons for refusing conscription freed at that time.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Freudenberg, Graham (2009), A Certain Grandeur: Gough Whitlam's Life in Politics (revised ed.), Viking, p. 247., ISBN 978-0-670-07375-7 
  2. ^ 'History maker turns historian' Adelaide Advertiser, 16 January 1988, p. 2
  3. ^ Interview with Robert Martin [sound recording], Peter Donovan, 1989 Adelaide Gaol Oral History Project State Library of South Australia

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