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24 Apr

Celebrating Anzac Day

One of the most symbolic days on the Australian calendar will be commemorated in a whole new way this year, with no dawn services or street marches, no two-up at the pub or family barbecues in the backyard. Instead, we’ll mark Anzac Day from our living rooms and driveways, as we remember them - the heroic armed forces. 

Here are some ways you can mark our national day of remembrance at home:

Live Stream Dawn and Commemorative Services

The ABC will broadcast official Anzac Day Services throughout the morning. Tune in to the Australian War Memorial Anzac Day Service live from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5:30am.
There will also be a live 10am service from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney and a reflection video will be live-streamed across all ABC radio and ABC News Facebook pages at 11:30am.

Light Up The Dawn
RSL Clubs across the nation have come together to create a collective dawn service.  Thousands of Australians can be a part of the event by standing in their driveways (or living rooms) at 6:00am to Light Up The Dawn. Light a candle, stream the Last Post on YouTube (or play it on the bugle if you have one!) and get the neighbours involved to share a minute's silence and feel the community spirit. Go to to sign up.

Fun for Kids
Some great ideas to make with your children can be found at this website for ANZAC Day:

Take at photo of your activity and email it to our teacher Mrs Keeling: We will use these in a presentation later in the term!



Alec Campbell, Last Survivor
By Mekael Hanna

Born on 26 February 1899, Alec Campbell was the final surviving Australia soldier at Gallipoli in WW1. He died on 16 May 2002.

Mr Campbell was only 16 when he signed up.  He says he went to the recruiting office and put himself up as a recruit, lying about his age. As a young man at the age of 16 training in rifle shooting, marching and training was all a bit of an adventure.
At 17 years old, Alec landed at Gallipoli. He left the boat not knowing what was going on until he saw bodies falling to the ground. From that day on, he and the troops took it more seriously, knowing that it could be them next. Pinned down in the ditches and pits for shelter, this soon became their new home. Bombs flying, bullets passing by, but none hit him. Months and months went by with no progress made and sadly lots of men died.

On December 20th, 1915, evacuation day came. It took a little over a month to evacuate the last few ANZACS. Alec Campbell was one of the men to survive. When he returned home he was put in hospital for five months to recover from his injuries.

Simpson and His Donkey
By Amber Ghirxi

Every year on Anzac Day, I remember the story of Simpson and his donkey.
Before Simpson went to Gallipoli, he used to give rides to children on his own donkey. So, when Simpson was in Gallipoli as a soldier, he found a donkey and had an idea. Firstly, he gave his donkey a name; he called him Duffy. His idea was to use Duffy to bring the wounded soldiers from Shrapnel Gully back to a safer place where they could be treated. He used bandages to tie the wounded to Duffy ‘s back.

I really like the story of Simpson and his donkey Duffy as it demonstrates his kindness and bravery.

My Pop’s War Story
By Joseph Sommerfield

The story starts with my pop coming to Australia in 1955 at the age of 17.  In 1957 he joined the Australian army. In 1958 he was deployed to Malayan Emergency. The most interesting fact is that it was called an Emergency and not a War because of insurance. Any damage caused in a War is not covered by insurance but as there were many British businesses in the area, they wanted to be able to claim insurance for any damages.

My grandfather did daily patrols but did not engage in “the enemy”.  The closest he came to trouble was when his friend misfired his weapon when cleaning it, and when an elephant stampede created chaos throughout the camp.


Thank you to all of the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.  Lest we forget.

Put together by the Foundation VCAL Class, 2020.