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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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Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June

Feature

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long and proud history of military and civilian service. Use #MoreThanAWord to voice your support for action on reconciliation. Read about First Australians in World War II.

Roy (Zeke) Mundine's story

Veterans' stories

Zeke, a Bundjalung man, grew up in Australia when First Australians had very few rights. Zeke served in Malaya and Vietnam and later became the Australian Army's first Indigenous Elder. Watch Zeke tell his story

Your school could win up to $5000

Education

Has your school entered our 2021 Anzac Day Schools' Awards?  Show us what commemoration looks like in your community. Don't miss out! Entries close 30 June 2021. Submit your entry.

Reginald Saunders: Stories of Service

Resources

Reg was an inspiring soldier, veteran and champion for Indigenous equality. He survived 11 months on the enemy-occupied island of Crete during WW2 and later served in the Korean War. Listen to Reg's story of courage in this short video.

Short films: veterans' experience of war

Commemoration

Drawing on interviews, archival footage and photographs, these films highlight different stories of service. Focused on 3 topics: The Western Front, The Fall of Singapore, and Rats of Tobruk. Watch our veterans tell their own stories.

Biography of Kath Walker /Oodgeroo Noonuccal

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Indigenous poet and activist Oodgeroo Noonuccal served in the Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) during World War II as Lance Corporal Kathleen Walker. Read about her service experience.

Free books, education resources and videos

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

National Sorry Day on 26 May

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This month, Australians observe National Sorry Day. We acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors, and we also reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.

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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