Anzac Day

Articles, letters, and poems regarding the Gallipoli campaign, the Anzacs, and Anzac Day.

Heroes of the Dardanelles [6 June 1915]
Extracts of letters from several Australian soldiers.

Australians at work: Brisk battles fought: Heavy losses reported [7 June 1915]
A cable message from Major-General Sir Ian Hamilton, reporting on the fighting at Gallipoli. This is one of the first newspaper articles in which the word “Anzac” was used.

Thrilling story of pluck: Australasian soldiers’ heroism: Held position against overwhelming odds [8 June 1915]
An article about an action in the Dardanelles campaign.

Australians in Gallipoli: Altering the map [24 June 1915]
A brief article about Australian soldiers giving their own names to places in the area of Gallipoli.

“Turks won’t reap the barley” [25 June 1915]
Letter from an Australian soldier.

Anzac Cove: A new Australian word [1 July 1915]
An article about the creation of the word “Anzac”.

The Call From the Dardanelles [6 October 1915]
Poem by G. Brownell.

Anzacs [2 May 1916]
Poem by Robert McJannett.

The casualties: Careers summarised [3 May 1915]
Some personal details of some of the Australian military casualties from the Gallipoli campaign.

Anzac Day: Glory of Gallipoli: Governor-General’s Tribute [26 April 1917]
Speech by Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson.

Anzac Day [23 April 1920]
Poem by L. E. Homfray.

Our Debt of Honour [11 March 1921]
Poem by L. E. Homfray (a slightly different version of her poem “Anzac Day”).

Anzac Crosses [18 April 1921]
Poem by L. E. Homfray.

Anzac [25 April 1927]
Poem by C. J. Dennis.

The grief and glory of Gallipoli: Anzac poetry [27 April 1929]
Article by A. G. Stephens.

This is a Holy Day [25 April 1932]
An editorial about Anzac Day.

Anzac Immortelles [6 May 1933]
Poem by M. Robinson.

Anzacs [14 April 1938]
Poem by A. O. Lane.

Anzacs [28 April 1942]
Poem by an unnamed U.S. Army corporal.

Anzacs [24 April 1944]
Poem by Olive Hall.

Anzacs [23 April 1953]
Poem by Ralph Reeves.

Although the following two works were created with no direct relationship to Australia, they are relevant here as they form an iconic part of Australia’s military traditions:

The Ode of Remembrance [1914]
“The Ode” is taken from “For the Fallen” (1914), written by Laurence Binyon, an English poet.

In Flanders’ Fields [1915]
A poem written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon in the Canadian army.

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