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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Our veterans have amazing stories to tell


Oral histories are a great way to explore wartime experience through the eyes of someone who remembers. Our book helps you plan and interview a veteran and share what you have learned. Follow our easy to use guide.

Maxwell Veale's story

Veterans' stories

Maxwell served in the Korean War on HMAS Murchison in 1951. During the Han River operation, he recalls bombarding the Japanese all night just to keep them awake and on the back foot. Watch Maxwell tell his story.

World War II Veterans experiences of enlistment


The next online lesson in our education series, In Their Own Words. Australian World War II veterans discuss their personal experiences of enlistment. Work through the activities with students. View the lesson.

Help with online learning

This month we're contacting schools across Australia to remind them of our online resources. If you're looking for online material, or teaching at a school in an area experiencing lockdown, please visit our Education and Research pages.  

Commemoration through Art


Expressions: Commemoration through Art series helps students understand wartime through artworks. In this popular edition, we look at 'The Sock Knitter' by Grace Cossington Smith. Includes an inquiry-based learning activity.

Indigenous service during World War I


This month we commemorated NAIDOC Week. First Nations people have occupied and cared for Australia for over 65,000 years. They also have a proud history of military service. Read about their service in World War I.

New biographies

What's new

Many Australians worked in medical support roles during the Serbian Campaign of World War I, including:

Free books, education resources and videos

What's popular

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

Korean Veterans' Day

What's on

On 27 July, we commemorate Korean Veterans' Day. This day is a time for us to remember more than 17,000 Australians who served in the war, including some 340 who lost their lives.

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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