For two years running the Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust has organised an essay competition for secondary school students. Given the prominence of the Anzac centenary in both schools and society, the Trust believes that alternative perspectives on Anzac memorial activities are very important. The pacifist view of Archibald Baxter merits recognition and discussion.
The judging of the 2015 Essay competition is complete. The trust would like to thank everyone who entered.
Senior Section Winners
The topic for the senior section was: “The most patriotic thing you can do for your country is to keep it out of war”. Congratulations to all students who participated, and especially to the four winners below
The irony of all war is its objective to achieve peace, yet surely the path to harmony is not
through destruction and killing, rather it be through tolerance and humanity; qualities which Baxter demonstrated throughout his lifetime. Most men enlisted for the war out of what they believed to be patriotism, pride and honour. Yet through the course of the war their actions became inhuman and the killing of the ‘enemy’ became synonymous with protecting the fatherland as they became swept into the military machine.
Junior Section winners:
We had some great entries in our junior section, the topic of which was "All wars are atrocious and no was can be called just". Again, a huge thank you to all participants, and we hope you enjoy reading the winning entries
“All wars are atrocious, and no war can be called just.” Death is inevitable, so why cannot people use their highly developed brains, and let people have the chance for a long and happy life? Everyone has a right to remain unscarred by the horrors of war, something no sane person should wish to be subject to. These deaths do not benefit anyone, they only cause sorrow and pain to those close to them.