Australia in the Great War

Centenary Program

Australia in the Great War is a five year program designed to get people thinking and talking about the First World War. Our goal is to provide an educational and entertaining account of events in the war years, both at home and on the war front, to help everyone appreciate the significance of Australia’s centenary commemorations of the First World War (2014-2018).

Our team of historians are digging through records, journals and archives to uncover interesting and little known aspects of the war years. Our Great War commemorative products give everyone – young and old – a tangible link to this historic anniversary.

Time To Remember

The Anzac Centenary is one of the most significant national events in the life of our nation. In this period Australia will remember all those who sacrificed so their nation might prosper in a world secured by their courage and determination. In this period it is crucial that we secure the Spirit of Anzac by honouring our living veterans from WWII, Korea, Borneo, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. For this reason Australia in the Great War has chosen to support Soldier On in order to connect the funds generated by the Anzac Centenary to veterans whose fight with mental and physical injury continues today. Lest We Forget.

Time To Honour

Between 2014 and 2018 Australians will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War. During the ANZAC Centenary we will also honour Australians involved in all conflicts from the Boer War to Iraq and Afghanistan and those on peacekeeping missions. We will give special tribute to more than 102,000 Australians who died serving in our Armed Services and those who died serving with Allies and other wartime organisations.

Time To Recall

In 1914 Australia had a population of four to five million. During the Great War more than 416,000 Australians enlisted and more than 330,000 went overseas. Everyone volunteered. These Australians took part in an epic struggle which took a tragic toll on our nation and our families. More than 60,000 Australians lost their lives and tens of thousands later died of wounds or were permanently affected. Communities around the country felt the impact of war for generations to come.

Time To Recognise

During the ANZAC Centenary we will also mark other significant anniversaries. September 2014 is the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and there are important milestones marking the Korean War, Australia’s involvement in Vietnam and Australia’s role in the Gulf War.
The ANZAC Centenary is a time when Australia is drawing down its involvement in Afghanistan. Let us recognise the men and women who served in Afghanistan and support those who were injured.

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