Sharing Australia's military and service history through the experiences of our veterans

Look through the Anzac Portal to uncover the experiences of the men and women who have served Australia in wars, conflicts and peace. The hardship of overseas service extends to the family and friends they leave behind. We commemorate their service and sacrifice.

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Merry Christmas to our veteran community


Serving overseas during conflicts, away from family and friends, is not easy. At special times, such as Christmas, it's even more challenging. Hear Vietnam veterans share their reflections on Christmas in the jungle.

Phyl Ahearn's story

Veterans' stories

Phyl enlisted in the Australian Women’s Army Service in 1943. She served as a private in the 1st Australian Base Postal Unit. Phyl recalled busy Easter and Christmas periods as Australians wrote to loved ones at home and abroad. Listen to her story

Anzac Day Schools' Awards winners


This year's theme focused on the impact of WW2 on Australian communities and this unforgettable time in our history. Golden Grove Primary School in South Australia won the national prize! See the full list of winners

Remembering our Australian prisoners of war


Remembering back to WW2, many Australians were in a desperate situation. More than 30,000 were taken prisoner between 1940 and 1945. You can take a glimpse of POW camp life. Read our book on camps overseas

Looking for an interesting read about our history? 


Our new book, Aftermath, explores life in Australia after WW2. A new world of big diplomatic, economic, and social changes. Photos and stories give an insight into the experiences of Australians. Download your free copy

Biography of Teddy Sheean VC

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Edward 'Teddy' Sheean is Australia's most recent Victoria Cross recipient. Almost 80 years after his death, the 18-year-old Tasmanian was recognised for his efforts to save crewmates aboard HMAS Armidale. Read Teddy's story

Free books, education resources and videos

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Some of our favourite resources on Australia's military and service history:

Anniversaries and events

What's on

Here are some dates to mark on your calendar for the next 3 months.

20 December 2020
105th anniversary of the last Australian troops evacuated from Gallipoli

3 January 2021
80th anniversary Battle of Bardia

19 February 2021
Bombing of Darwin Day

14 February 2021
National Servicemen's Day

28 February 2021
30th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm

See a list of dates for 2021

Would you like a 2021 calendar? Our calendar commemorates the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have served Australia in lesser-known roles. Contact us for a hard copy
Visit the Anzac Portal
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