More Winners : Boy Soldiers (Captioned)

Australia, 1990


Episode of Series ‘More Winners’.
In 1910, the Australian Government passed a law requiring all boys aged between 14 and 17 years to register for compulsory military training. Between 1910 and 1915, more than 30,000 boys were prosecuted for failing to obey this law. This story tells of one such boy, Will Barnes, a 14 year old conscientious objector who refuses to register. After prosecution Will is sentenced to 3 months training at Fort Queenscliff. At the fort, Will refuses to wear a uniform or be involved in any type of military training. Will meets a lot of opposition, but also wins his share of admirers for sticking to his beliefs.



Mark Joffe


Margot McDonald

production company

Australian Children's Television Foundation







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