A visit to the Gallipoli battlefields is becoming almost a rite of passage for Australians young and old. What is behind this? Why did this military defeat and ANZAC Day come to achieve such a high profile among Australians?
In this activity, participants are asked some thought provoking questions while reading three illustrated, particularly relevant, speeches:
Prime Minister Paul Keating's Eulogy at the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier,
Dame Silvia Cartwright's (Governor-General of New Zealand) Eulogy at the Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown New Zealand Warrior, and
The Australian War Memorial Anniversary Oration, 11 November 2004, delivered by Les Carlyon.
Working through the activity
This activity consists of 9 questions which are encountered while reading the above speeches. Many images help to provide a setting for the text of the speeches. The activity is completely self-contained within a single, 18 page Acrobat™ file (789kb).
All that needs to be done is to download the Acrobat™ file, use it as an electronic document, or print pages from it as required and distribute them to activity participants.
This solemn ceremony is conducted every year in Brisbane's ANZAC Square prior to ANZAC Day from 10am and noon approximately. The 2016 event took place on Thursday, the 21st day of April, and several thousand Queensland school students took part.
Every year on the 25th day of April, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service starts at 04:28am sharp at Brisbane's Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. All are welcome to attend.
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