What lies beneath a national legend (theaustralian.com.au) "Much
of what we commemorate on Anzac Day is a journalist's construct."
Christopher Bantick argues that much of what you read and have been taught
about the Anzacs is a myth.
The meaning of Anzac Day
From On Line Opinion, "Australia's e-journal of social
and political debate".
Examines the issues raised in What's Wrong with Anzac
(see above two items) and concludes: "...
regardless of the importance of Australian wartime stories, we
should take seriously claims by Marilyn Lake and others of a
“militarisation” of Australian history."
The first casualty
(theaustralian.com.au) The Australian, 24 April 2010
Newspaper article and review of several books by Paul Ham:
The Australian, 24 April 2010.
"I chose the
books under review on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of
Gallipoli because they tell us things we may not -- or prefer not to
-- know about Australians at war."
Negatives of the legend (Skwirk.com.au Interactive Schooling)
- "it is not widely known that people argue that there are negative
implications and repercussions of the legend itself..."
(Note that this is a commercial
site which requires paid membership for
access to illustrations and additional information.)For a dot-point summary, see
Gallipoli and the ANZACsChapter 4: Negatives of the legend.
Review by Bill Gammage [pdf] (nla.gov.au/openpublish) Review of a book by Jenny
Macleod in which she compares the British and Australian views of Gallipoli
- 'the myth of Gallipoli in Britain, and the legend of Anzac in Australia'.
Charge of the rewrite brigade (battleforaustralia.org)
Also titled Dr Peter Stanley speaks about Gallipoli myths.
Reproduction of an article by Jonathan King in The Australian, with added
highlighting in bold to support the argument that the Anzac legend is a myth
Gallipoli - legend versus
- scroll well down)
Scroll well down to the sub-heading Gallipoli
- legend versus reality. (Note that many links are not accessible as this material
was produced for users of the Parliamentary Library computer facilities.) (If the web page is unavailable, you can
find the information under "Gallipoli - legend versus myth" in the archived pdf file:
Anzac Day Kit [pdf,
It's also brave to stand for peace (news.com.au)
History teacher Peter Jones writes about pacifists'
opposition to war in general, and their strong support for the development
of international bodies to settle disputes between countries instead of
going to war. He also points out that the Gallipoli story would not be
recalled with pride by Australians if it had involved the even worse horrors
of trench warfare that other soldiers suffered on the Western Front.
Anzac Day: the commemoration (Skwirk.com.au Interactive Schooling) Scroll down to Anzac Day in current times. (The site is a
commercial site that requires membership to access further material.) For a
dot-point summary, see
Gallipoli and the ANZACsChapter 5: The commemoration.
Dollars fly in Anzac report debacle (heraldsun.com.au) Herald-Sun, 26 March 2012
A second report on the Anzac centenary says that multicultural people were
not consulted for the first report.
Gallipoli anniversary could divide Australia (heraldsun.com.au) Herald-Sun, 26 March 2012
A report has warned the Federal Government that celebrating the Anzac Day
centenary could provoke opposition from people of some cultures and divide
Stay true to unifying Anzac spirit (heraldsun.com.au) Herald-Sun (Editorial), 26 March 2012 This editorial from the Herald-Sun, on the prospect of Anzac Day
centenary celebrations being divisive, argues that the tradition of Anzac is
to unify Australians, not divide them.
Target removes Camp Gallipoli products from sale (news.com.au)
18 Apr 2015
Retail chain Target has been required to remove from sale an
"Anzac spirit" drink can holder, a beanie and a child's hoodie from its
product range because these items "inappropriately" used the word "Anzac".
Even Australia Post has been marketing Gallipoli-themed souvenirs.
The cynical selling of the Anzac tradition (Editorial) (theage.com.au)
18 Apr 2015
The Anzac tradition appears to have been embraced by many businesses as a
marketing opportunity, using the theme to sell teddy bears, sweatshirts,
rosemary-scented candles, beer and other products.
Gallipoli 2015: Lest we forget to turn a buck (Opinion) (abc.net.au)
16 Apr 2015
The body of the text includes many links to examples of
commercialisation of the Anzac tradition, including a link to a beer
promotion. It is followed by an extensive collection of reader comments.
commemorations risk loving Gallipoli to death (bbc.com) 24 Apr 2015
Australians are facing 'Anzac fatigue', and the heavy pilgrimages to
Gallipoli could contribute to a deterioration of the very landscape
Australians revere. One historian likens the recent commemorations to a
Shifting demography leading to 'commemoration fatigue' (afr.com)
23 Apr 2015
With increasing Anzac news and other media coverage,
decreasing numbers of people who personally knew their Gallipoli veteran
relatives and increasing numbers of immigrants with no connection at all, a
'commemoration fatigue appears to be developing in Australia. [If this
link becomes inaccessible, please send us an email to let us know.]
Anzac Kids - participation of children in marches
(abc.net.au) Behind The News
A Behind the News report on the issue of young people participating in Anzac
Day marches. Contains video, transcript, activities sheet (Original Word
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/resources/teacher/weekly/20100316-anzackids.doc apparently unavailable but try
this one) .
Stop tinkering with school history, and start teaching it (theconversation.com) The Conversation, 3 Jan 2014
Agreeing to politicians' calls for greater emphasis on
teaching the Anzac tradition will lead to reduced freedom for students to
question the historical record and its interpretation, and therefore to
reduced engagement with their history lessons, an academic argues.
Students losing Anzac knowledge (news.com.au) news.com.au, 24 Apr 2013
Australian schools are teaching fewer lessons about the
country's involvement in past wars, teachers warn.
truth will always win (blogs.theaustralian.news.com.au) The Australian, 7 December 2010
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange compares his exposure of government
communications with Sir Keith Murdoch revealing that Australian troops had
died at Gallipoli as a result of incompetent British leadership.
WikiLeaks has Anzac ancestor (smh.com.au) Sydney Morning Herald, 9 December 2010
Points out that a writing effort of Sir Keith Murdoch's contained errors and
Last Anzacs: What kinds were there?
(anzacwebsites.com) See the box which lists seven soldiers. Alec Campbell is
generally regarded as the "last Anzac". But that depends on how you define
ANZAC Day - Talking about war with children (planningwithkids.com)
Anzac Day is an appropriate time to discuss war with
children. A Behind the News handout on discussions with children on war and
violence in the news make a number of useful points.
Anzac Day is about their deaths, not our lives (abc.net.au) The Drum, ABC, 25 April 2012
Jonathan Green expresses his views on the intriguing gap
between the trumpeted values of the modern Anzac Day and the down-to-earth
values of the Gallipoli diggers themselves. Our feeling for the actual
suffering of those diggers is fading in comparison to the convenient uses
being made of the commemoration of their day.
Healing histories (theage.com.au)
The mental illness suffered by many World War 1 veterans was
ignored and even denied by the authorities. Professor Alistair Thomson has
written about his grandfather, Hector Thomson, who was a soldier in the
Light Horse during World War 1. In the second edition of his book,
Anzac Memories, Professor Thomson expands the discussion of the
mental illness suffered by his grandfather.