Boote, Henry Ernest

Labor propagandist and journalist who strongly opposed conscription and the senseless horror of war, resulting in his appearance in the Central Police Court for not submitting articles to the censor.

Milestone
Born
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
20 May 1865
Arrived Sydney
1911
Died
Rose Bay
14 Aug 1949
Buried
15 Aug 1949
Occupation
Position
1914 - 1943
1926 - 1942

Socialist Opposition to World War I

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2014

Most socialist organisations opposed World War I from the beginning, the militant vigour of their opposition fiercely suppressed through government censure and legislation. Their message - that the working classes were mere cannon fodder for the imperialist war machine from which they would not benefit - appealed to many Sydnysiders, especially as the war drew on, and its emotional, social and financial cost became more exhausting.