- Draft Resistance Movement Newsletter
- Draft Resistance Movement, Melbourne, October 21, 1968
Twenty-one year-old John Zarb, a Pascoe Vale (Victoria) postman, became the first conscientious objector to be sentenced to serve time in a civilian gaol. He was sentenced on October 14, 1968 to two years gaol for having failed to comply with a call-up notice. The authorities had not accepted him as a legitimate C.O because Zarb’s objection was to the Vietnam War in particular. His gaoling outraged the anti-war movement and sparked a heightened anti-conscription effort from the trade unions.
‘Free Zarb’ graffiti began appearing everywhere. - [Ken Mansell]