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Organisation to Halt Military Service: Records

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ohms


  • Creation: 1972-1973
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972 - 1973

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44 linear_centimeters (4 File boxes and a spiral bound folder)

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Item 1 OHMS Administration: 1 Copy of memo, dated September 21, 1983, from S. Levine, re deposit of the OHMS Archives in the Beaglehoie Room. 2 Handwritten note from M. Murphy to S. Levine, forwarding the OHMS Archive. 3 Information Sheet, stating the aims etc of OHMS. 4 Receipts and Payments, July 5 -Nov. 30, 1972. 5 Analysis of Receipts and Payments, April 5 - Nov. 30, 1972. 6 Income and Expenditure, April 5 - July 5, 1972. 7 OHMS scrapbook (shelved separately immediately after File Box no I) 8 Handwritten notes on the history of OHMS.

Item 2 OHMS Activities. 1 Envelope containing extracts of printed material. 2 Envelope containing OHMS stickers. 3 Speech(?) Cards 1-12. 4 Envelope containing 2 photos. 5 National Military Service Act I96I, no 116. 6 OHMS pamphlet outlining the aims of OHMS and areas for action. 7 Copy of typed statement, dated April 10, by Allan McCready, Minister of Defence. 8 Information re Petition to repeal National Military Service. 9 Information sheet for OHMS members. 10 Letter to Mt John'ers. 11 Poster for an Anti-Conscription Concert. 12 Poster, A People's Ballot. 13 Poster, Birthday Greetings People!! 14 Poem beginning "hey thompson ," dated Feb. 27, 1972. 15 Information sheet, dated May 1972. 16 Cyclostyled letter, dated June I 1972, from National Secretary, OHMS, re petition. 16a Sample of petition form. 17 Mock-up of poster for the Geoff Woolford Appeal. 18 Pencilled notes. 19 Handwritten notes on activities. 20 Information sheet, headed 'Refuse to comply - Fight On'. 21 List of Ministers (of Religion) who support OHMS. 22 Appeal for 'Political Prisoner of Conscience - Geoff Woolford. 22a Handwritten response, unsigned, on reverse of 22 above. 23 Handwritten draft letter to delegates at the [Labour Party] Conference. 23a Jottings. 24 Newsletter to A Quaker Action Group, with handwritten amendments and notes on front and back. 25 List of OHMS events 26/1-4 Handwritten notes re the Regular Armed Forces and an Alternative Defence System. 27 Copies of a questionnaire re Compulsory Military Service. 28 Paper entitled 'Public Questions Committee Study Group on Conscientious Objection to Military Service' with handwritten amendments and comments. 29 Report, dated Easter 1972, of a Conference of Quaker Action Groups held in Wanganui. 30 Copy of a letter from Bishop D.A. Garnsey to the Minister for Labour and National Service. 31/1-14 Typewritten discussion points for a meeting with Mr Thompson. 32 Ron Kuiper Appeal, beginning' Stick this up your arse...' 33 Paper for the Peace Council. 34 The Little Red Soldier's Book. 35 Handwritten notes entitled 'The Growing Resistance'. 36 List of the contents of OHMS tapes, 1-4. 37 Newsletter re repeal of the national Military Service Act and its amendments. 38/1-3 Handwritten notes of OHMS activities. 39 Handwritten notes, entitled 'History of OHMS'. 40 Handwritten notes on the New Zealand Army. 41 Copy of Companion magazine, containing a letter re OHMS on page 2. 42 Letter, dated October 20th 1972, from Colin Chiles. 43 Handwritten notes, headed 'Underground Resistance? 44 Handwritten notes re non-compliance. 45 Copy of cyclostyled letter from 138B Kelburn Parade re Conscientious Objection. 46 Review of Defence Policy 1972. 47 Copy of the newsletter of the NZ Friends, Peace Committee Supplement of August 1970, containing "Conscription and Conscience" by Larry Jones. 48 The Regular Force Cadet leaflet. 49 Newsletter re repeal of the National Military Service Act. 50 'Conscientious Objection to Military Service: A Short Guide to the Act' 51 Notice re Solidarity Rally and March. 52 Leaflet beginning 'Did you know that....'. 53 Appendix D - Conscientious Objection to Military Service. 54 Non-Complier's Certificate. 55, 55a Pencilled notes on OHMS. 56 Notice of OHMS Public Meeting. 57 Open Letter to Members of 1972 Presbyterian General Assembly. 58 'Stop Conscription ....' Poster. 59 OHMS information signed by R. Reid, National Chairman. 60 Challenge to the National Party and its Delegates. 61 Action Sheet, dated May 25, for the Repeal of the National Military Service Act. 62 Draft of People's Picnic Poster. 63 List of OHMS Supplies and Branch Contacts. 64 Newsletter re OHMS meeting. 65 Information sheet re OHMS. 66 'March Against Conscription' newsletter. 67 'Suffer Little Children' newsletter. 68 'Support OHMS' Poster. 69 Handwritten notes on Racism by P.J. Birks. 70 Letter from R. Reid to all members of Christian church. 70a Attachment by K. McKone.

Item 3 Forms of registration of opposition to national military service, (in alphabetical order)

Item 4 Envelope containing alphabetically ordered forms in support of support for those in noncompliance with the National Military Service Act 1961.


Item 1 1-166 Inwards Correspondence from the public.

Item 2 1-43 Outwards correspondence from OHMS officers.

Item 3 1- 90 Internal Correspondence between members of OHMS.

Item 4 Correspondence with government officials.

1 Documents re Birks, P.T.A. 2 Copy of letter, dated June 7 1972, to Minister of Defence re compulsory military service. 3 Letter dated June 22 1972, from Cribb, J., authorising OHMS officials to investigate his application to register as a Conscientious Objector. 4/1-5 Documents related to medical examinations re Green, respect of National Military Service. 4a Copy of a letter, dated February 22 1972, from S.E. Hales to the Prime Minister re repeal of National Military Service. 4b Copy of letter from S.E. Hales, dated February 24 1972, to Ministry of Defence re advising of the right to Conscientious Objection as an alternative to military service. 5 Notice, dated May 8 1972, to Kent, D.R. of exemption from military service. 6 Letter, dated March 24 1972, re to Secretary of Labour from Muir, B.S. 7/1-19 Correspondence between Murphy, M.T. from govt. depts re application for C.O. status. 8 Copy of a letter dated April 23 1972 to PM, from Pollock, D.N. re National Military Service Act. 9/1-5 Copies of documents in respect of Reid, R.J. and compliance with the National Military Service Act. 10 Copy of a letter, dated July 19 1972, from Sendles, W. to Minister of Labour re the Conscientious Objectors' Register. 11 Handwritten notes headed 'Trapski". 12/l-8c Documents re Woolford, G.R. 13 Letter, dated May 19 1972, from Minister of Labour to R. Reid. 14 Copy of a letter, undated, to Minister of Labour from R. Reid. 15 Copy of a letter, dated May 30 1972, to Minister of Labour, from R. Reid re a deputation Ifom OHMS. 16/1-2 Copy of a statement, dated December 7 1972, from M.T. Murphy, for consideration by Minister of Justice-Elect re repeal of National Military Service Act 1961. 17 Copy of a letter, dated December 14 1972, to Minister of Defence from G.R. Ferguson.

Item 5 Press Statements, Feb. - Dec. 1972.


Item 1 OHMS Publications

1 OHMS Lore, no I 2 OHMS Lore, no 2 3 OHMS Lore, no 3 4 OHMS Lore, no 4. 5 Repeal, no I, Christchurch Branch newsletter. 6 Repeal, no 5, Christchurch Branch newsletter. 7 Kapi-Mana News, letter to editor. 8 Auckland Newsletter, September 1972. 9 Porirua Newsletter, no 1 10 National Newsletter, no 1. 11 National Newsletter, no 2. 12 National Newsletter, no 3. 13 National Newsletter, no 4. 14 National Newsletter, no 5. 15 OHMS Book. 15a Covering letter to be sent with OHMS Book. 16 'Conscription: The Harsh Reality' leaflet. 17 'The Politics of Resistance: Accounts of Objectors. 18/ 1-33 Drafts of publications material.

Item 2 Press Cuttings.


Item 1 Background material

and SPIRAL BOUND FOLDER containing various documents and newspaper clippings.

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