Learning about Australia in World War I


Start with our extensive section on the experiences of Australians in World War I. Including a modern critique of the Anzac legend.

Then enrich your lesson plans with historically accurate information and excellent primary sources in our free teaching resources.

Our education specialists and historians have prepared these materials to present the stories and images of people who have served Australia in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

You can download free books and classroom activities from our website. Hard copies of many of our books and resources might be available in your school library. If not, send an email to education@dva.gov.au and we’ll post you a free hard copy if we have it stock.


Teaching resources

Information for secondary school teachers and activities for students.

Great Debates classroom activity

Stories of Service short films

Narrated biographies of people who served in World War I, in under 8 minutes.

Short documentary and oral histories

Australians in World War I book series

Australians on the Western Front book series

Wartime artworks

Learn more about artists capturing the wartime experiences of Australians.

The Sock Knitter

Painted during World War I by Grace Cossington Smith.

Century of Service book series

In the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, there are 15 stained-glass windows. Each shows a figure dressed in military uniform, and under each figure is a word that describes a quality displayed by Australians during wartime. This series of books was inspired by those qualities. Most of the books include information about World War I.

Indigenous Service workbooks

Five ready-to-use workbooks introduce students to the military service of First Nations people. You could ask students to complete parts of each workbook in class or as home learning.

Other great resources for Year 9 History classes

Commemoration in schools

Planning a activity in your school or local community? Follow our guidance on planning a commemorative event.

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) ( ), Learning about Australia in World War I, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 17 May 2024, https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/education/theme/ww1
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