Anzac Day 2019 – military anniversaries in 2019: a quick guide

This guide summarises the military anniversaries taking place this year.
Briefing paper

A day at Waitangi, and at the beach

Every year around Waitangi Day there is debate about what the day is, and whether it should continue as it is. So what is Waitangi Day? Is it a day of protest? A day of commemoration? A day of celebration? A day at the beach?
Briefing paper

Te Pūtake o Te Riri

This briefing paper considers the legacies of the New Zealand Wars and how they feature in the national consciousness.

Military history: a quick guide to online resources - ANZAC Day 2018

The purpose of this quick guide is to provide parliamentarians and their staff with helpful resources for researching various aspects of Australian military history.

It’s time for a new “unifying moment”

Evidence suggests that Australians aren’t strongly wedded to celebrating a national day on 26 January.
Audio interview

Should we change the date of Australia Day?

Many of the most prominent opinions are coming from non-Indigenous Australians — let's hear how two Indigenous women with opposing views on the issue have come to their position.
Conference paper

Contested decision making in commemorative planning and regulation

Public memorials are elements of our built environment whose designs often engender intense public scrutiny and debate. Moments and topics of contention within memorial decision-making processes can offer important, productive opportunities for democratic public participation on issues of great personal value, and for opening up...

Anzac Day 2013: lest we forget

Australians and New Zealanders commemorated Anzac Day on 25 April 2013, paying tribute to diggers (soldiers) who lost their lives at the Turkish front 98 years ago. The tribute commenced with dawn services and marches across Australia and New Zealand. Those who lost their lives...

War and peace: the ANZAC spirit and human rights

A series of papers given by the various speakers at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s War and Peace: The Anzac spirit and human rights 2014 seminar. Summary Every year around Anzac Day, Australians and New Zealanders remember those who fought in all wars and conflicts...

Gallipoli and forgetting

More French soldiers died at Gallipoli than Australians, writes Nic Maclellan, and many of the allied troops were African and Indian. Australia’s “baptism of fire” has become a potent blend of memory and mythology. And for a few weeks recently, retailing also became part of...