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.