Australian Wartime Experiences

Australian Wartime Experiences

Students research Australia’s wartime history and gain an understanding of the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations

Think about an event, individual or group which has had a big impact on Australia’s wartime experiences, which somehow altered our history. In 2018, students must focus their research on the theme of Turning Points in the Australia’s wartime history.

In considering your research for the Australian Wartime Experiences category, you may wish to focus on one of the following:

– Describe how an event in Australia’s wartime experience has been a ‘turning point’. For example, you might consider whether the First World War was a turning point in Australian history.

– Investigate to what extent an individual, group or event in Australia’s wartime experience might be considered responsible for a ‘turning point’. For example, you might research the figure of General Sir John Monash.

– Consider the definition of ‘turning point’ with regard to Australia’s wartime history, giving particular attention to the short- and long-term effects of your chosen event, individual or group.

The above is by no means an exhaustive list. Be creative!

However, be mindful that the purpose of commemoration within the Department of Veterans’ Affairs is to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have served. All responses need to be respectful of this.


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