Here, then, is a small taster.
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The first mention of the phrase “Anzac Day”, news report, 1915
The Anzac Day souvenir, news report, 1915
Anzac Day tram collision plan, news report, 1915
Closing times for the Anzac Day holiday, news report, 1915
A mention of “Anzac Day” from outside South Australia, news report, 1915
The first Anzac Day, news report, 1915
The King William Street riots, news report, 1915
The Anzac Day riots, news report, 1915
An Anzac Day in Gippsland, news report, 1915
The first April 25 Anzac Day, news report, 1916
The name Anzac Day is fixed, news report, 1916
What Anzac Means, Pearce, 1916
“I heartily congratulate you upon the splendid conduct and bravery displayed by the Australian troops in the operations at the Dardanelles, who have indeed proved themselves worthy sons of the Empire.” — His Majesty the King, April 1915.
“The capture of the positions we hold will go down to history as a magnificent feat of the Australians and New Zealanders.” — General Sir William Birdwood, November 1915.“Happen what may, the Australians who have fought at Gallipoli will bequeath a heritage of honour to their children's children.” — General Sir Ian Hamilton, November 1915.
Other war history
I don't really like writing military history, even though I once won an award for doing so. It's too sad, and involves too many stupid people making stupid decisions, but I'm not going to discuss Blamey today, or MacArthur, to name my two top favourite idiots.
Let me share with you a message of hope that came out of a visit to Gallipoli in 2002, and the sad story, and a sad story of patriotism gone mad in a time of distress.