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Sharing our military and service history through the experiences of Australian 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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Christmas during wartime

Feature

It’s hard being away from family and friends when serving in the forces. At special times, it can be even more challenging. Explore Christmas through the eyes of Australians who served in:

Damien Timms’s story

Veterans’ stories

Damien joined the Army in 1989, partly inspired by his grandfather’s naval service. In 1995, his unit deployed to Rwanda to support the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda II (UNAMIR II). Watch Damien tell his story.

Anzac Day Schools’ Awards winners

Education

‘What does commemoration look like in your community?’ That was our theme this year. Congratulations to all entrants. Rosalie Primary School in Shenton Park, WA, won the national prize. See a full list of winners.

Calling all teachers! Are you planning lessons for 2022? We have a wealth of free resources, prepared by qualified historians and educators. Online lessons, digital books, videos, podcasts and more for primary and secondary levels. View our resources.

Strong links with sport in military life

Resources

A virtual lesson on how service men and women enjoy the benefits of competition, exercise and rehabilitation offered by many sports. Explore the role of sport over the past 100 years.

Short documentaries

Commemoration

We’ve produced 3 short films that give a broad perspective on the experiences of wartime service. Drawing on archival footage, interviews and photos, they're useful for studying the 2 world wars.

Victoria Cross recipients

What’s new

Biographies of Australians who received the Victoria Cross in World War II for outstanding courage:

Free books, education resources and videos

What’s popular

Some of your favourites last month:

We offer Saluting Their Service commemorative grants of up to $10,000 for local community projects and $150,000 for larger projects. The next round closes on 8 February 2022. Find out how to apply.

Anniversaries and events

What’s on

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 your community may wish to observe. See our special days of commemoration.

On 7 and 8 December, we also observed:

  • 80th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk
  • 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • 80th anniversary of the declaration of war on Japan.
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