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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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Your commemoration on Remembrance Day

Feature

You can commemorate in so many ways on 11 November. Trace an ancestor. Engage the kids in craft activities. Print our posters. Watch the national service on TV or host your own private event. Check out these great ideas.

Rachel Rayner's story

Veterans' stories

Rachel volunteered for the Red Cross before enlisting in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF) when she was only 18 years old. Serving in Japan in 1945, she recalls the devastating effects of the atomic bomb. Watch Rachel tell her story.

Symbols of Commemoration digibook

Education

You'll find many meaningful symbols at services held on Remembrance Day. Engage your students in learning activities to help them to understand why and how we use them. Learn about symbols of commemoration.

Remembering the Kokoda Track 

Resources

Take a bird's-eye view of the beautiful landscapes of Papua New Guinea in this 3-minute film. Visit the battlefields of the New Guinea campaign where many Australians perished in World War II. Watch the video.

If you want hard copies of education resources or a 2022 calendar commemorating sport in wartime, email education@dva.gov.au

Join our historian to learn about Remembrance Day

Social history

Our historian Dr Ian Hodges teamed up with Ancestry.com in a Facebook event where he explored how commemoration of Remembrance Day began and has continued to evolve. Check out the replay!

Community memories of the Great War

Commemoration

A team of historians worked across many Australian towns to gather mementos of World War I. Each article in Great War Memories is told through objects or places special to each community. Find a great Australian story near you.

New to our Expressions: Commemoration through Art series

What's new

Help develop students’ understanding of wartime artworks. The activities feature works by Jack Chalker and Vaughn Murray Griffin, telling their stories as prisoners of war. Includes background context and inquiry questions.

Free books, education resources and videos

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Anniversaries and events

What's on

This month we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney. It occurred on 19 November 1941 after a battle with the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia. Tragically, all 645 service personnel onboard Sydney died.

Recognition of significant episodes in Australia's past holds enormous importance to those who have served. We've listed official days of commemoration and other dates that your community may wish to observe. See our special days of commemoration.

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