Anzac Day stories

The annual ANU Anzac Day broadcast began in 2020 as the onset of Covid led to the suspension of traditional Anzac Day observance across the country. A service to the community by Australia's national university, it was intended to bring communities together at at time the pandemic tore us apart. The broadcasts continue to showcase innovative scholarship into the catastrophe of 1914-18, exploring the way war reaches into and damages the whole social fabric, and posing challenging questions about the nature of Anzac remembrance.

2024 - Red Sails in the Sunset: a Kokoda Veteran Remembers War

This year, as Prime Minister Anthony Albanese prepares for a special Anzac Day service in Papua New Guinea, we invite you to make your own journey along the Kokoda Trail. Join ANU historians for a... » read more

2023 - Absent from Anzac

  The Story of an Australian Nurse at War On Anzac Day 2023, The Australian National University shared the story of Narrelle Hobbes, reminding us of those who fall outside the official ambit of... » read more

2022 - The Hidden Toll

  The Hidden Toll: Survivors of War yet not Peace No one will ever know how many Australians have died of war-related injuries. It could be twice as many as reflected on honour rolls like those... » read more

2021 - When the Gunfire Ceased

  Bruce Scates in Conversation with Jay Winter, a special presentation from the Menzies Australia Institute at Kings College London, and The Australian National University. Wherever you are,... » read more

2020 - Touched by War

  In 2020, in the midst of COVID lockdowns, ANZAC Day was unlike any other in living memory. The day was observed with a special online event with Professor Bruce Scates, ANU historian, author... » read more