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Anzac Centenary

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War.

Department of Veterans' Affairs


An article about why Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC Day on 25 April each year, the anniversary of the day on which the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (the ANZACs) landed at Gallipoli in 1915 during the First World War. The article looks at the origin of ANZAC Day services, the spirit of ANZAC and the ANZAC legend. Links to relevant online resources are provided.

Australia Day

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories. This site includes links to what's on; information about our national symbols; activities for kids and teaching resources. The National Australia Day Council is the coordinating body for the Australian of the Year Awards and Australia Day celebrations across the nation.

National Australia Day Council

Centenary of Australian Antarctic Expeditions

Learn about the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson, and 100 years of Australian Antarctic expeditions.

Australian Antarctic Division

Festivals in Australia

An article about festivals held in Australia. Links to relevant online resources are provided.

Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Day is Australia's most famous Tuesday. It's a day when the nation stops whatever it's doing to listen to the race call. At 3.10pm AEST, on the first Tuesday in November, Australians everywhere stop for the Melbourne Cup.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day - general information as well as an outline for ceremonies and education resources and activities.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Anzac Day tradition

Find out about Anzac Day, and why the day is special to Australians. Explains the Dawn Service, the Anzac Day Ceremony and the customs and traditions of commemorative ceremonies.

Australian War Memorial

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