Soldier Boys: The Militarisation of Australian and New Zealand Schools for World War I

Maxwell N. Waugh

While ‘voluntary’ cadet training was a feature of Australian and New Zealand schools during the mid-nineteenth century, a form of ‘compulsory’ cadet training became the norm from 1910 through to the 1920s, in both government and non-government schools.

In this respect, Australia was ‘more British than the British’, as there was no compulsory military training in the schools of Great Britain, or in any other British Empire countries during this period.

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