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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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The Anzac legend

Feature

The original Anzacs who served Australia on Gallipoli and the Western Front helped shape our nation’s story. For generations since 1915, the meaning of 'Anzac' has changed, but it continues to be significant. Learn more about the Anzac legend.

John Murphy’s story

Veterans’ stories

John joined the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). In Korea, he served in the battles of Kapyong and Maryang San. John vividly remembers an unnerving Chinese night attack on his company. Watch him share his story.

Great debating topics for HASS or History

Education

Inspire inquisitive minds in the classroom. We’ve got 3 excellent resources for history debates:

And we’ll have a new topic ready in time for Anzac Day.

Did you know we've protected the word 'Anzac' since 1920? If you want to use the word as part of a commercial activity or in the lead up to Anzac Day, you may need a permit. Apply for a free permit - it’s easy.

Changing roles of women in World War I

Resources

When the war began in 1914, the place of women in Australian society started to change. Many took on wartime jobs and carer roles. Find out what happened after the war.

Indigenous service in World War I

Commemoration

First Nations Australians have occupied and cared for this country for over 65,000 years. They also have a proud history of military service. Read about their service in World War I.

Victoria Cross recipients

What’s new

Biographies of Australians who received the Victoria Cross for their actions in World War II:

Free books, education resources and videos

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Anniversaries and events

What’s on

On 3 February, we commemorate the Fall of Ambon. The Japanese invaded on 30 January 1942. After 4 days of fighting, Australian and Netherlander forces surrendered. Some small groups escaped back to Australia, but almost 800 surviving Australians became prisoners of war. Nearly three-quarters of those captured died before liberation.

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.

 

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