University of Wollongong Historical Journal

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'Pilgrimage from Iona' Personal experiences with the Australian anti-conscription and peace movements


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.