chapter  XVII
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THE STRICKLAND-HOLMAN CRISIS OF 1916: RE-CALL OF THE GOVERNOR

I N the year 1916 Mr. Holman was Leader of the Labour party and Premier of New South Wales, Sir Gerald Strickland, afterwards Lord Strickland, being Governor of the State. The popular Assembly was approaching the end of its three years' life, having been elected at the end of 1913. Late in the year 1916 there was a serious split in the Labour party, following upon the introduction by Mr. Hughes, the Labour Prime Minister of the Commonwealth, of a proposal of conscription for war service overseas, which was submitted for the approval of the electors of Australia at a referendum. Mr. Holman and a minority of the New South Wales Labour party advocated an affirmative vote, but the majority of the party advocated the rejection of the proposal. At this time Mr. Wade was the Leader of the Liberal (Conservative) Opposition.