Centenary of Mannix’s first stand against Conscription

Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Archbishop Daniel Mannix

Nature of Event: Dr Mannix: ‘Clifton Hill, where I committed my original sin’. A centenary commemoration of Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s first speech against conscription. On a wet and stormy night, 16 September 1916, during World War I, a fortnight after Prime Minister William Hughes announced the first conscription referendum, Archbishop Daniel Mannix delayed his expected arrival at another function to go briefly to join a large crowd at the St John’s parish bazaar in Clifton Hill. He opened the bazaar with a couple of sentences and then spoke for some seven minutes on ‘an issue occupying them all at the present time’, namely the proposals by the Hughes government for compulsory overseas military service.

To mark the centenary of this event, you are invited to a gathering in the hall (a newer hall) of St John’s parish, Clifton Hill, featuring a recital of the speech and discussion of its implications.

When: 6.00 for 6.30 pm Friday 16 September 2016

6.00 pm. Tea and coffee

6.30 pm. Welcome and Introduction – Val Noone

6.45 pm. Archbishop Daniel Mannix’s speech – Rod Quantock

7.00 pm. Discussion

7.30 pm. Function concludes

Where: Aikenhead Hall, St John’s Parish, Corner Queens Parade and Wellington Street, Clifton Hill

Warning: Friday night traffic and parking can be difficult but the time and date have been chosen to match the 100th anniversary.

ENQUIRIES: Val Noone 0437 625 223 and Mary Doyle 0466 312 794,<macmic@netspace.net.au>.