Anti-Conscription Poster Promoting Moratorium March
This poster, carrying the moratorium symbol at bottom right, was one of many made to promote the moratorium marches. The man who did not chose his career is clearly the glum looking soldier standing apart from those whose clothes indicate a range of civilian occupations. In reality national servicemen were obliged to serve for two years, those who went to Vietnam and survived were discharged shortly after their tour and were, indeed, free to chose their own careers thereafter. The Moratoriums began in 1969 and reached a peak in 1970 to 1971. Throughout its existence, the Moratorium movement identified itself by this sunburst symbol, which came to be used not only by the Moratorium but also by other organisations and groups which supported its aims. The sunburst symbol was chosen by the Moratorium convenors as a striking and memorable design, easily visible in crowds, an important criteria for an identifying badge. Moratorium posters were usually printed in strong colours, often orange and blue or vibrant red and black. This poster was issued by the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign, Sydney.