Updated 15 April 2016
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Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Section
This ‘Anzac Day Kit’ has been
compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary
Library, and is updated annually. In particular the Library would like to
acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed
significantly to the original text and structure
of the Kit. Nathan Church contributed significantly to the 2016 edition of this
On 25 April, the anniversary of the
landing at Gallipoli in 1915, Australians and New Zealanders honour the men and
women who have served and died in wars, peacekeeping and other defence
operations. It is now 101 years since the landing, and 100 years since Anzac
Day was observed for the first time in 1916.
The date of 25 April was etched into the national consciousness
with the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The
Anzacs forged a tradition of service and sacrifice that has continued to this
day. We remember that more than 1.5 million Australians have served their
country in wartime, and more than 100,000 have lost their lives.
Anzac Day is our national day of commemoration to remember veterans
and those Australians who have died in war, and show support for serving
members of the Australian Defence Force. Later in the year on 11
November—Remembrance Day—we pause for a second time, sharing with other
countries the tradition of observing the anniversary of the Great War’s
armistice to remember the dead of all wars.
What is this kit?
This kit is produced to assist Members and Senators with
their representational and ceremonial duties on Anzac Day. It can be accessed
by members of the public, but for copyright reasons many linked items are
available to Members of Parliament only.
The kit comprises eight sections:
Section 1: Speeches
Section 2: The relevance of Anzac
Section 3: Gallipoli
Section 4: The Western Front
Section 5: Remembering and honouring:
memorials and heritage
Section 6: Anniversaries
Section 7: Australian peacekeeping
Section 8: Statistics, links and further
For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.
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