Not just another public holiday

Looking for resources about Anzac Day?  For those involved in teaching and wanting to educate and engage others, here is a selection of resources that may be of interest to you.


“Simpson and his donkey”   Brian Yap  CC:Att:NC

Hard copy and eBook format

This includes resources from our curriculum collections written for children and older students

Check out the Library catalogue and search for the phrase “anzac day” in double quotation marks.  One example from our collection which piques the imagination and interest is Anzac Day: The undying debt by Janice Pavils.  This 240 page book uses archival documents, media reports and material evidence to illustrate the beginnings of Anzac Day, evolving into Australian culture, and discusses the contentious issues that have surrounded the commemoration of the day since 1915

Classroom resources for teaching

See the Classroom resources tab in our subject guide for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education, and Health & Physical Education, and explore some of the links there that will take you to an extensive range of searchable indexes to classroom resources, lesson plans and gateways.  Here is one we prepared earlier, via the ABC Splash website….

Top 5 ANZAC Resources for Teachers
Top picks by Annabel Astbury (Head, Digital Education at the ABC)

  • ABC Splash ANZAC Topic Page
    A selection of clips from the Splash Library and from across the ABC all mapped to the Australian Curriculum, including clips on The Last Post and The meaning of ANZAC Day.
  • Gallipoli – The First Day: Interactive documentary site
    Get your students to immerse themselves in the first day landings at Gallipoli in 1914. An extensive resource that explores Australian and Turkish perspectives on the ‘day that shaped a nation’.
  • Australian War Memorial Education Resources
    A great collection of practical activities and primary resources for use in the classroom as well as this collection of resources exploring multiculturalism in the AIF.
  • M is for Mates: Animals in Wartime
    Did you know animals could be awarded a medal for bravery in war? Ideal for younger students learning about different aspects of war, this publication by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs takes a different, often uplifting, take on life on the frontline.
  •  Andrew Denton’s Brothers In Arms
    This clip invites older students to contemplate the many different ways the past is remembered and commemorated. An excellent introduction to the way documentary can contribute to the historical record.

Another excellent source for resources  is the ANZAC Portal produced by the Department of Veteran Affairs.  It has materials sorted by year level for teachers.

If you’d like any help with searching for Anzac Day materials please make an appointment to see one of our Library Specialists, at any campus, for individualised or group support.