Ernie Judd, pacifist

Ernie Judd, a skilled orator and aspiring socialist politician, commanded support from Sydney's workers for his dedication to the anti-war cause. In May 1918, Ernie fell foul of the law with a heated public condemnation of Australia's continued recruitment for the AIF. The government moved to prosecute him under the 1914 War Precautions Act for encouraging imperial disloyalty. Although his trial dragged on for almost a year, Ernie got off lightly with heavy fines and the reputation-enhancing benefits of sensational press coverage. After the Armistice, Ernie's unabashed notoriety did no harm to his later career as a socialist publisher and proprietor of The Best Bookshop in Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Portrait of Ernie Judd

Ernie Judd (1883–1959), 1919.
24957, La Trobe Collection, State Library Victoria

paper document

This court document records how Ernie's inflammatory speeches in May 1918 and insistence on government 'negotiations for peace' resulted in his indictment under the 1914 War Precautions Act.
NAA: A10071, 1919/4, p. 34