My Association with the Peace Movement didn't begin in Wollongong. I suppose it was part of my being, wedded to the fact that I was born in the Christian community of Iona, the Scottish missionary island, peculiarly dedicated to wholeness of life, hospitality, and compassion. But such positive ideas are easily stated - their test is in the dust of conflict. That was to happen much later when I found myself a soldier in the Second World War struggling against the racist idea that would deny, and trample under, those ideas I shared with so many others. At that level it was easy to be clear. Your enemy was just over the hill. Now it's less clear.
Recommended CitationBlack, Malcolm, 'Pilgrimage from Iona' Personal experiences with the Australian anti-conscription and peace movements, University of Wollongong Historical Journal, 1(1), 1975, 76-91.