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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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Anzac Day Schools' Awards competition is open for entries. Show us how your community is commemorating those who have served. It'll help students connect with local veterans and wartime experience. Find out how to enter

Anne Curtis' veteran story

Veterans' stories

Enlisting in the Navy was a natural choice for Anne, who had been a keen sailor before the outbreak of World War II. She was a coder in the Special Coding Outfit, working alongside the Americans in Brisbane. Listen to her story.

Short documentaries of veteran stories

Education

We've produced 3 films that give a broad perspective on the experiences of wartime service. Drawing on interviews, archival footage and photographs, you could present them to students learning about the two World Wars.

Great debatable topics for HASS

Resources

Inspire inquisitive minds in the classroom. We've got 3 excellent resources for history debates to engage your students:

Commemorating National Servicemen's Day

Commemoration

On 14 February, we remembered those who served Australia through compulsory military service. Opposition to the National Service Scheme caused debate across the country and it ended in 1972. Read about national service in Vietnam.

Serving in the Persian Gulf 1990 to 1991

What's new

Over 1800 Australians served in the Gulf War. Australia's commitment included personnel in the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force. Learn more about serving in a modern conflict.

Free books, education resources and videos

What's popular

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

Australia under attack: bombing of Darwin

What's on

On 19 February 1942, Japanese forces made the first of more than 90 air attacks across northern Australia. On the anniversary, we remember the great courage of our service men and women, civilians, doctors and nurses who rescued and treated wounded survivors of the Bombing of Darwin.

Recognition of significant episodes in Australia's past hold 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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