Project Partners

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is pleased to extend its support as a partner organisation for the ARC Linkage project entitled, Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of Australia’s National Day. DVA traces its history back to the Commonwealth Repatriation Department established in the 1920s and we have offices in all states and territories.

Our portfolio includes responsibilities as diverse as: the provision of compensation and income support for veterans; delivering health care and rehabilitation services; and fulfilling Australia’s commitment to acknowledge and honour those who serve our nation. A core mission of DVA is to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. By providing a better understanding of the place of Anzac Day in Australia in the past and the present, this project will better equip DVA to fulfil this responsibility, particularly in the lead-up to the centenary of the Gallipoli landings in 2015.

It will also strengthen an ongoing relationship with Monash University, as we previously sponsored a project researching soldier settlement. We support the rigorous scholarly inquiry involved in this new project and recognise its national and international significance.

Shrine of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s largest and most visited war memorial, a permanent and lasting memorial to the ANZAC spirit and Victoria’s war dead. The Shrine is dedicated to providing visitors with programs that foster knowledge of Australian service in armed conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

The Shrine of Remembrance is pleased to offer its support to the ARC Linkage project entitled, ‘Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of the origins, myths and meanings of Australia’s National Day’, Monash University and the Shrine have successfully collaborated on several recent projects. This project promises to significantly extend the acknowledgement and ceremony associated with ANZAC Day both within Australia and abroad. Research undertaken will be available and invaluable in the development of wider public understandings of the history and meaning of ANZAC Day. The research will also inform both the exhibition and education programs the Shrine will prepare for the centenary of ANZAC.


Melbourne Legacy is pleased to act as a partner organisation for the Australian Research Council linkage project ‘ANZAC Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of Australia’s National Day’. Legacy was established in 1923 in Melbourne. Initially, our purpose was to encourage ex-servicemen in business and help them re-establish themselves in civilian life.

The Club’s responsibilities soon extended to supporting the children of deceased servicemen and servicewomen. Legacy operates across Victoria, with Clubs based at Albury, Ararat, Ballarat, Bendigo Colac, Geelong, Hamilton, Mildura, the Mornington Peninsula, Shepparton and Warnambool. There are some 49 Clubs established across the country.

In all, Legacy Australia cares for over 115,000 widows and 1900 children and dependants. Legacy Australia has a core of 200 professional staff and our work is supported by regular fundraising activities. The Club’s community service is aided by 6,100 volunteers across Australia who act as mentors to widows and their families. The Legacy Code governs Legacy Clubs, and we are dedicated to advancing the interests of the families of returned servicemen and servicewomen. Legacy has had an interest in ANZAC Day since its inception.

The Club’s founders were active participants in the first ANZAC Days and a Legatee serves as one of the Trustees of Victoria’s Shrine of .Remembrance. ANZAC Day has a particular resonance for the families of deceased servicemen and servicewomen and we believe this project will inform our understanding of the huge emotional investment Legatees and others have made in ANZAC Day.

National Archives

The National Archives supports ‘Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centennial History of Australia’s National Day’. This project promises to extend the acknowledgement and ceremony associated with Anzac Day both within Australia and abroad, and research will be invaluable in the development of wider public understandings of Anzac Day. The National Archives is an agency of the Australian government established under the Archives Act 1983. The Archives manages the valuable records of our nation, and makes them accessible now and for future generations.

The vast collection of the National Archives tells stories which make and shape our nation and is used extensively by family historians, academic researchers, the media and students among others. In addition the Archives promotes good records management in Australian government agencies. Good records management supports good business, informed decision-making, accountability and the rights and entitlements of citizens and government, and Australia’s cultural heritage.

The National Archives is committed to supporting research and scholarship on Australia’s military history and on the ongoing impact of Australia’s participation in twentieth century conflicts. The personnel records of those who served with the armed services during the twentieth century are available from the National Archives and are among the most used records on our collection. Our award winning interactive website, Mapping our Anzacs, and exhibition, Shell-Shocked: Australia afler Armistice which is currently touring around Australia, demonstrate the Archives’ commitment to making records available and telling stories in innovative and engaging ways. This proposed history of Anzac Day allows us to build on that work and provides an excellent opportunity for the National Archives to collaborate with industry partners and Monash University to further promote our collection and services in the lead up to the centenary of Anzac Day.

National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia is pleased to support the project ‘Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of Australia’s National Day’. The National Museum of Australia has a responsibility to document and interpret the historical experience of Australia and its people, and this project would enable it to demonstrate its interest in a significant aspect of Australia’s social and cultural identity.

King’s College London

1829, is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious university institutions: a multi-faculty research-led university college based in the heart of London. The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies was established in the University of London in 1982. Initially part of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the Centre moved to King’s College London in 1999. Its object is to promote Australian Studies in British and European universities. In its broadest manifestation, the Centre is an Australian cultural base in London, providing a highly regarded forum for the discussion of Australian issues.

The Centre’s public lectures, conferences, seminars, briefings and literary readings attract a diverse audience and help to produce a more comprehensive, detailed and balanced perception of Australian politics, economics, life and culture than is popularly available. Its academic staff have published widely in the field of British-Australian relations, including on war and memory, and the Centre has recently engaged in significant research projects involving Australian partners such as Monash University and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

It will also, over the next four years, be partnering DFAT in a Documents on Australian Foreign Policy project on Australia and Britain during and immediately after the First World War (1914-19), a project that has already received ministerial approval. This project complements that on the history of Anzac Day and build on the Centre’s already strong record of research collaboration in these fields.

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University is pleased to support the international research project: Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of Australia’s National Day. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University has a special place in the shared history between Australia and Turkey. It is located only 14kms from Anzac Cove and every year, students and staff from the university contribute to the organisation of the Anzac Day event at Gallipoli and many others attend the services on the 25th April.

Founded in 1992, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University is one of the most dynamic, rapidly developing universities in Turkey in terms of academic standing, publications, academic activities, social activities, projects, international relations, and international student-lecturer exchange programs. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University’s history dates back to the establishment in Çanakkale of the teacher training college of Trakya University in 1974.

From these beginnings, the university grew rapidly to become a modem academic institution with a wide range of course and research interests. Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University is now home to around 27,000 students and 1,300 academic staff – a number that continues to grow each year Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University has focused on developing a culture of excellence based on internationalisation and collaboration with world-class universities such as Monash University. We undertake to collaborate in a manner that is in keeping with the vision of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to look to peace and friendship between our nations built on productive collaboration and strong people-to-people ties.

Historial de la Grande Guerre

The Historial de la Grande Guerre is honoured to act as a partner organisation for the Australian Research Council linkage application entitled ‘Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: A Centenary History of Australia’s National Day’. TheHistorial was established in 1992 and is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most important research centres devoted to the memory of the Great War.

Alongside our ambitious program of public exhibitions, educational activities, and museum displays we provide a forum for distinguished academic experts from all over the world. Much of our ongoing scholarship is coordinated by the Centre de Recherché. The centre organises international symposia, fields an annual conference series, manages a PhD scholarship award, and contributes to the Encyclopaedia of the Great War published by Bayard Press.

It is comprised of some of the leading scholars of war and memory, including President Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau, Vice President Annette Becker and a steering committee with representatives from the University of Düsseldorf (Gerd Krumeich), the University of Dublin (John Horn), the University of Lille (Annie Deperchin), the University of Leuven (Laurence Van Ypersele), University of Strasbourg (Anne Rasmussen) the University of Clermont-Ferrand (Nicolas Beaupre) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (Heather Jones).

We recognise that the Great War was in every sense a global conflict and we have in the past formed profitable partnerships with Australian scholars (such as Professor Ken Inglis) and Australian cultural institutions (such as the Australian War Memorial). Located in the heart of the Somme battlefields, the Historial is well positioned to aid in fieldwork and archival research focused on the history of Anzac Day. Our staff have attended commemorative service at Villers-Bretonneux and our archives include the records of Commonwealth War Cemeteries.