From the moment war was declared, from a population of fewer than five million, approximately 50,000 Australians volunteered to fight and were sent to Gallipoli.
The events at Gallipoli, the subsequent development of the Anzac legend and the commemoration of Anzac Day form an important part of what it means to be an Australian. Why is this? How did these events come to mean what they do today?
On these pages and below, you will find a range of materials and suggestions that will enable teachers and students to explore Gallipoli and the Anzacs in their classrooms, including the Operation CLICK Resource kit.
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From Gallipoli to Dili – The Spirit of Anzac
Published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2001, this study guide offers teachers and students guidance in conducting an Anzac Day service, creative ideas for classroom activities in the lead up to Anzac Day, tips on how to contact a veteran to give a talk at your school and information about the Australian War Memorial's public programs. The classroom activities it contains were written by professional educators. They link with national and state curricula profiles and objectives.
Download: From Gallipoli to Dili the spirit of Anzac (PDF, 100 pages - 2.9MB)
The Anzac Story from the Interpretative Panels at the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach, Gallipoli Peninsula
Published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2000 for the 85th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, this brochure contains the images and text (in English only) of all of the Interpretative Panels at the Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach. It has been modified to enable easy printing of two panels to a page. This text can also be read on this site, in both English and Turkish.
Download: The Anzac Story from the Interpretative Panels (PDF, 5 pages – 1.8MB)
Anzacs, The Pain and The Glory, A Study Guide by Peter Bowers
Published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2000, this is an ideal project to link with local communities and local area historical studies. It provides an opportunity for students to investigate the meaning of Anzac for all Australians while linking it back to their own community. Using resources within their community they could develop their own understanding of this important event and the impact it had on Australia’s development.
Download: the Primary school study guide (PDF, 267KB, 6 pages)
These activities are written for middle to upper primary, however with slight modification activities could be adapted to suit lower primary.
Download: the Secondary School tudy guide (PDF, 368KB, 5 pages)
The activities are written for lower secondary students and can easily be adapted for upper primary students.
Gallipoli and Australian Identity 1915–2000.
Published by the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Ryebuck Media in 2000, this study guide was a part of Their Service—Our Heritage, a program to commemorate the place of Australian servicemen and servicewomen in Australia’s history. It contains useful classroom activities and resources for the discussion of the Anzac legend and the story of Gallipoli.
Download: Gallipoli and Australian Identity 1915–2000 (PDF, 17 pages – 2.8MB)
A 'duty clear before us' – North Beach and the Sari Bair Range. researched and written by Richard Reid.
The year 2000 marked a new chapter in the Australian commemoration of Anzac Day at Gallipoli, as a new commemorative site was dedicated in the shadow of the Sphinx on North Beach, where many of the original Anzacs struggled ashore on the morning of 25 April, 85 years ago.
This is a PDF of the original printed version of the online book A ‘duty clear before us’ – North Beach and the Sari Bair Range which appears on this site.