Anzac Day at home and abroad: towards a history of Australia’s National Day

Scates, Bruce, Frances, Rae, Reeves, Keir, Crotty, Martin, Knapman, Gareth, Seal, Graham, Becker, Annette, Reeves, Andrew, Soutphommasane, Tim, Blackburn, Kevin, Clarke, Stephen J, Stanley, Peter, Hoskins, Andrew, Winter, Jay, Bridge, Carl, James, Laura, Wheatley, Rebecca, Riches, Leah, McCosker, Alexandra and Sleight, Simon (2012) Anzac Day at home and abroad: towards a history of Australia’s National Day. History Compass, 10 7: 523-536. doi:10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00862.x

Author Scates, Bruce
Frances, Rae
Reeves, Keir
Crotty, Martin
Knapman, Gareth
Seal, Graham
Becker, Annette
Reeves, Andrew
Soutphommasane, Tim
Blackburn, Kevin
Clarke, Stephen J
Stanley, Peter
Hoskins, Andrew
Winter, Jay
Bridge, Carl
James, Laura
Wheatley, Rebecca
Riches, Leah
McCosker, Alexandra
Sleight, Simon
Title Anzac Day at home and abroad: towards a history of Australia’s National Day
Journal name History Compass   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-0542
Publication date 2012-07-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00862.x
Volume 10
Issue 7
Start page 523
End page 536
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Over the last hundred years, Anzac Day (25 April), the anniversary of the initial landing of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in 1915, has captured the Australian and New Zealand national imaginations. The day remembers the first significant engagement involving Australian and New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. This article is an early report of a major project that will chart Anzac Day’s origins, development and contested meanings. It is both an historical study, tracing changes in commemoration and remembrance over time, and an investigation of the ways in which Australians and New Zealanders mark Anzac Day in the present day. It will interrogate the shaping of historical sensibility by exploring the complex connections between personal and collective remembrance. One of the challenges to understanding Anzac Day is dealing with the multiplicity of meanings of such a large-scale, diverse and now venerable (in modern Australian terms) observation. It will also examine the neglected subject of Anzac Day’s observance outside the Australia and New Zealand – in Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Pacific – where it has long played a role in expressing the identities of Antipodean expatriate communities.
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