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, Anzac Day is a day of reflection. In this video ANU researcher Professor Bruce Scates, historian and the producer of the series ‘Australian Journey’, joins Professor Jay Winter, author and world renowned authority on the Great War, for a discussion of the Aftermath of Anzac.

Learn what happened when the guns stopped firing. Explore the landscape of commemorative sites the world over and consider the distinctive shape of Australia’s forest of war memorials. Chart the changing symbolism of remembrance, the discover the way Anzac Day has changed and how those changes reflect Australia’s shifting place in the British Commonwealth and the world. Take up the challenging question of what happened when the war came home and a generation of war-damaged men and women returned to Australia.


Bruce Scates - Professor of History at ANU and the Fulbright 70th Anniversary Scholar Award, awarded in honour of Norman Harper.

Jay Winter - Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.

Music: From Tipperary to Fremantle Station (written and performed by John Cronin with Marcy Taylor on violin).

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Australian Research Council, the Anzac Memorial, the Australian War Memorial, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Rae Frances, Mike Goodwin, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Marshall Family, Monash University, Museum Victoria, National Archives of Australia, National Archives of New Zealand, National Library of Australia, Shrine of Remembrance, State Library of NSW, State Library of Victoria, the Fulbright Commission and Rebecca Wheatley.

Thank you to Béatrice Bijon, Andrea Morris, Jemima Parker, Adam Spence and Martin Thomas. Thanks also to the communities that raised these memorials stand and the traditional owners of the land on which they stand.