Centenary of the Sinai-Palestine campaign Anzac Day 2017 poster

Poster #24 and Wartime Snapshot #21

Centenary of the Sinai–Palestine campaign

Centenary of the Flanders offensive Anzac Day 2017 poster

Poster #23 and Wartime snapshot #20

Centenary of the Flanders Offensive

Decision - Stories of Leadership in the Services 2017

Century of Service series

Decision—Stories of Leadership in the Services

We all make decisions every day – they shape the lives we lead. In times of war, decision-making can take on a greatersignificance. Many Australians over the past century of service have demonstrated leadership with the decisions they have made.

Remembrance Day 11 November 2016 - Commemorating Australian Forces in the Vietnam War 1962-1975

Poster #22 and Wartime Snapshot #19

Commemorating Australian Forces in the Vietnam War

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  • Wartime Snapshot #19—Commemorating Australian Forces in the Vietnam War 1962–1975
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Century of Service series

Resource—Stories of innovation in wartime

Here they come: A day to remember

Here they come—A day to remember

This education publication has been developed for lower primary students to assist in developing students’ understanding of commemoration. It explores a variety of characters and their perspectives on Anzac Day. Balancing fictional characters, stylised illustrations and photographs, the publication shows students that Anzac Day is significant to many Australians, is an important part of Australian community life, and is a respectful event containing commemorative traditions and symbols.

Anzac Day 25 April 2016. Centenary of the Somme - Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front in France and Flanders, taking park in every major British offensive between 1916 and the Armistice in 1918.

Posters #20 and #21 and Wartime Snapshot #18

Centenary of the Somme

Almost 300,000 Australians served on the Western Front in France and Flanders, taking part in every major British offensive between 1916 and the Armistice in 1918. More than 46,000 lost their lives, of whom some 18,000 have no known grave. 

Behind the front line they took every opportunity to rest and recover, including these three men of the 1st Division photographed in Vignacourt, France. 

On the day of the Battle of Fromelles, these eight men of the 53rd Battalion prepared to take part in an attack that only three of them would survive.

Soldiers walking from truck and house in Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation

Posters #18 and #19 and Wartime Snapshot #17

Commemorating the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation

The two Remembrance Day posters for this year feature images of Australian soldiers on patrol during the Malayan Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation.  During the 1950s and 1960s, Australian forces were engaged in two conflicts involving Malaya.  British Commonwealth forces played a key role in combating a twelve-year long Communist insurgency, known as the Malayan Emergency, between 1948 and 1960.  From 1964, Australians served in support of the newly federated state of Malaysia.

Ancestry - Stories of multicultural Anzacs

Century of Service series

Ancestry—Stories of multicultural Anzacs

This commemorative publication is the third book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary school students.  It explores stories of individuals and families from different cultural backgrounds who served in Australian units during the First World War.  The stories contain educational questions, historical facts, did you know questions and a glossary of terms used in the text. Copies are available for sale from the Australian War Memorial.

Chinese Anzacs Cover

Chinese Anzacs

Chinese Anzacs explores the challenges of being an Australian soldier of Chinese ancestry in the First World War and examines some individuals’ experiences during wartime and on return to civilian life.

Anzac Day 25 April 2015 - Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings posters

Posters #16 and #17 and Wartime Snapshot #16

Commemorating the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings

The two Anzac Day posters highlight the significance of the landings at Gallipoli. The images capture a moment in time as men step off the boats and begin their climb up the steep terrain. The photograph shows members of No. 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, as they land on the morning of 25 April while members of the 7th Battalion advance up a gully on the left. The painting by Australian artist William Beckwith McInnes is one of many artistic interpretations of the landings at Anzac Cove in 1915.

A screen capture of the Remembering Them app as it initially appears on a phone's screen.

Remembering Them App Education Activities

The Remembering Them smart phone and tablet application provides a geocoded list of memorials, museums, war graves and other Australian sites that commemorate our wartime history. This booklet of educational activities is designed to encourage students to engage with sites that commemorate Australia's wartime history in their local area and launch into further research to broaden their historical knowledge and skills.

Remembrance Day 11 November 2014 poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #15

Commemorating the first convoy of Australian troops to the First World War

The 2014 Remembrance Day poster features an artwork titled First convoy at sea, depicting the convoy of ships that sailed from Albany in Western Australia on 1 November 1914 carrying 30,000 men and 8000 horses overseas for service in the First World War.  En route, HMAS Sydney destroyed the German raider SMS Emden, ensuring the convoy’s safe passage through the Indian Ocean. 

We Remember ANZAC (Primary Resource) cover

DVA Education Resource

We Remember Anzac (Primary Resource)

The publication provides an Order of Service and step-by-step instructions to assist teachers and community groups to organise a respectful commemorative event and is accompanied by a CD containing the
Last Post, Rouse and National Anthems. The publication encourages a greater understanding and awareness of the Anzac story, symbols of commemoration, significance of memorials and the enduring impact of the First World War on Australian society.

Audacity - Stories of heroic Australians in wartime

Century of Service series

Audacity—Stories of heroic Australians in wartime

This educational publication is the second book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary schools students.

It explores some of the extraordinary stories of bravery and courage of men and women in Australian wartime history.

The stories contain educational questions, historical facts and did you know questions. A glossary of terms used in the text is provided. Copies are available for sale from the Australian War Memorial.

Audacity eBook

Anzac Day 2014 - Honouring, Remembering, Thanking, Renewing poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #14

Commemorating the return of Australian forces from Afghanistan

Schooling, service and the Great War (primary)

DVA Education Resource

Schooling, Service and the Great War (Primary Resource)

This educational resource investigates the diverse experiences of Australian school communities during the Great War. Each investigation uses primary and secondary sources to look at what students were learning about the British Empire, its Allies and enemies, the consequences on daily life at school, the values taught, the patriotic activities undertaken, the reasons why some students and teachers enlisted and responses to the loss or wounding of people from school communities.

  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Primary school resource
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  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Primary Schools Resource
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  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Investigation 1 (pages 24–45)
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  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Investigation 4 (pages 47–65)
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  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Investigation 6 (pages 67–82)
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  • Schooling, Service and the Great War (SSGW)—Poster
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DVA Education Resource

Symbols of Commemoration Cube—Education Activities (Primary)

The education activities in this resource relate to the Symbols of Commemoration Cube and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: History for use with students in Years 2–6.

Remembrance Day 11 November 2013 - Commemorating Australian Forces in the Korean War Poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #13

Commemorating Australian forces in the Korean War

25 April 2013 - Anzac Day - Commemorating Austrlian prisoners of war on the Burma-Thailand Railway poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #12

Commemorating Australian prisoners of war on the Burma–Thailand Railway

Devotion - Stories of wartime nurses

Century of Service series

Devotion—Stories of Australia's Wartime Nurses

This education resource is the first book in the Century of Service series and is aimed at primary and lower secondary schools students.

It explores the contribution and courage of Australian nurses in conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War to the present.

Copies of this publication will be sent to all target groups. This publication will also be made available to other stakeholder groups and will be available for sale from the Australian War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance.

Indigenous Service - A recsource for secondary schools, investigating the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people from the First World War to the present

DVA Education Resource

Indigenous Service

This educational resource has been developed for primary and secondary schools in collaboration with the Shrine of Remembrance.  Two versions of this education resource have been developed to target primary and secondary schools.

These resources acknowledge the service and sacrifice of Indigenous men and women from the First World War to the present and provide a social and political context of their service in the light of past racial discrimination.

Remembrance Day - Commemorating Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962-1975. 11 November 2012

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #11

Commemorating Australian forces in the Vietnam War 1962–1975

70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign - Anzac day 2012

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #10

70th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign

70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin - Anzac Day 2012

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #9

70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin

Remembrance Day 11.11.2011 - Centenary of the Royal Australian Navy

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #8

Centenary of the Royal Australian Navy

Anzac Day 25 April 2011 20th Annivsary Greece & Crete 1941 - Poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #7

70th Anniversary of the battles for Greece and Crete

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  • Wartime Snapshot #7—Greece and Crete
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25 April 2011 Anzac Day - 70th anniversary Tobruk 1941

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #6

70th Anniversary Tobruk 1941

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  • Wartime Snapshot #6—70th Anniversary Tobruk (1941)
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DVA Education Resource

Forever Yours

This publication is designed for upper primary and secondary students. It contains a collection of stories about love in wartime using mementos, letters and photographs which explore the notions of love and friendship during wartime.

These stories complement the teaching activities found in the Teachers’ Guidebook : We’ll meet again for secondary students.

Chapter Guide:

Remembrance Day - 11 November 2010. A Korean war veteran lays a wreath on the tomb of the unknown Australian solder, July 2010

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #5

60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Anzac Day 25 April 2010 - 95th Anniversary of Gallipoli

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #4

95th Anniversary of the landings on Gallipoli

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  • Wartime Snapshot #4—95th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli (2010)
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DVA Education Resource

Investigating Gallipoli

This education resource is designed for primary students in years 4-6, and focuses on the campaign and the experiences of the Anzacs at Gallipoli in 1915.

Students use collected evidence to create their own storybook, covering the main features of the campaign, the experiences of soldiers and nurses involved, and the ways in which Gallipoli has been, and continues to be, commemorated in Australia.

  • Complete Investigating Gallipoli publication
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  • Introduction for teachers (pages 0–16)
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  • The Storybook master pages (pages 17–58)
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  • The Worksheet master pages (pages 49–64)
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  • The Worksheet master pages (pages 65–80)
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Australians in World War I: Royal Australian Navy - cover

Australians in World War I series

Royal Australian Navy

This publication contains a brief history of the Royal Australian Navy RAN) in the First World War. It is accompanied by more than 100 images showing the personnel and vessels of the RAN as they served on operations around the world.

1916 - Fromelles and the Somme

Australians on the Western Front series

1916—Fromelles and the Somme 1916

1917 Bapaume and Bullecourt - Austrlians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1917—Bapaume and Bullecourt

ibook

1917 - Ypres - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1917—Ypres

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1918 - Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1918—Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel

1918 - Amiens to Hindenburg Line - Australians on the Western Front

Australians on the Western Front series

1918—Amiens to Hindenburg Line

Valuing our veterans - gathering Australia's war memories

DVA Education Resource

Valuing our veterans

Since World War I it has been widely recognised that Australia's war experiences have played a key role in our evolving sense of national identity.

During the 1920s this feeling was given public expression through the ceremonies and other events of Anzac Day and Armistice Day (later Remembrance Day). 

Remembrance Day Poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #3

The Flanders Poppy—A symbol of remembrance

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  • Wartime Snapshot #3—The Flanders Poppy—A symbol of remembrance
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Anzac Day - 25 April 2009 - Commemorating the 10th anniversary of INTERFET

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #2

INTERFET—International Forces for East Timor

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  • Wartime Snapshot #2—International Forces for East Timor
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M is for Mates—Animals in Wartime for Ajax to Zep

DVA Education book

M is for Mates—Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep

This education resource is designed for primary students and is an alphabetic book about the contribution made by animals in wartime and peace operations.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs' publication M is for Mates—Animals in Wartime from Ajax to Zep was shortlisted for the 2010 Children's Literature Book of the Year Awards by the Children's Book Council of Australia.

M is for Mates was also nominated for the Eve Pownall Information Book of the Year 2010—for information books suitable for children up to the age of eighteen years.

  • M is for Mates—Animals in Wartime for Ajax to Zep
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HMAS Sydney - 19 November 1941 - Lest we forget poster

Poster and Wartime Snapshot #1

The Sinking of HMAS Sydney

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  • Wartime Snapshot #1—The sinking of HMAS Sydney
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Australian Women in War - Investigating the experiences and the changing roles of Australian women in war and peace operations 1899-today

DVA Education Resource

Australian Women in War

This educational resource provides teachers and students with self-contained classroom ready activities and teaching strategies to investigate the roles and experiences of Australian women during more than a century of wars, conflicts and peace operations.

It highlights the roles of wimen since 1899 in the services and their home front experiences. The resource includes an introductory DVD and a CD ROM with ten interactive classroom activities.

  • Complete Women in War publication
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  • Introduction for Teachers
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  • Unit 1—Australian Women in the Second South African Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902)
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  • Unit 2—Australian Women in World War I (1914–1918)
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  • Unit 3—Australian Women in World War II (1939–1945)
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  • Unit 4—Australian Women in British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) and the Korean War (1946–1953)
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  • Unit 5—Australian Women in the Vietnam War (1962–1973)
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  • Unit 6—Australian Women in the Australian Defence Force and in Peace Operations (1947–today)
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  • Unit 7—Australian Women and Commemoration
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DVA and AWM Resource

Their Spirit, Our History

Discover and imagine, through letters, journals, newspaper clippings and telegrams, what life was like for Australians during WorldWarI. Learn about the origin and historical significance of Anzac Day through research-based activities. Find out tips on how to plan and conduct your own commemorative ceremony.

  • Their Spirit, Our History Guidebook
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Australians on the Western Front

DVA Resource Kit

Australians on the Western Front

This resource offers a range of teaching activities to enable exploration of the Australian experience on the Western Front. The activities incorporate a rich selection of written and illustrated primary sources.

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Website

Discovering Anzacs Video Tutorials and Timeline (Learn Area)

Watch videos to unlock service records and view an interactive timeline of events and topics using World War I primary sources from National Archives collection.

COO-EE poster with soldier holding gun

Website

Discovering Anzacs Exhibition Tips and Tools (Learn Area)

Create your own World War I exhibition with the National Archives’ tips and tools, including primary sources and information to print and display.

Francis James Cormack portrait

Website

Discovering Anzacs School and Community Toolkit (Learn Area)

View lesson plans, worksheets and other resources that support access and understanding of the World War I service records from the National Archives collection.