According to the Austrailan Army website, Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
You can find official information about Anzac Day at the Australian Army website, at the Australian War Memorial website, at the same site about The Anzac Day Tradition and at the Official Anzac Day site.
For those with devices running Apple’s iOS, here’s a list of interesting, useful, educational and commemorative apps so you and your family can learn about the terrible sacrifices made during that fateful time.
Understanding Anzac Day by Autism Spectrum Australia (iTunes U)
April is also Autism Awareness Month. This course helps students on the spectrum explore the historical significance of Anzac Day, with visually driven interactive content that allows students to create unique works on their iPad, such as using popular apps by Minecraft and Leggo to recreate the Gallipoli beach landings or trenches.
For secondary students
Anzacs 100 years by Keilor Views Primary School, VIC (iTunes U)
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, this course contains activities and materials exploring what the Anzac story means to students today.
For tertiary students
Black Anzacs by Elizabeth Shenstone (iBook)
There is an increasing recognition of the contributions of Aboriginal servicemen and women to their country during the First World War and other conflicts in which Australia has been involved. This book follows the story of one particular serviceman William Williams.
Gallipoli and the Great War by La Trobe University, VIC (Podcast)
The Anzac involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign has had a lasting cultural impact in Australia. Why is it considered such sacred ground? These podcasts by La Trobe University draw together different perspectives on Gallipoli, the ANZACs and the Great War.
For lifelong learners
Remembering Gallipoli (iBooks Store Collection)
This collection brings together books, apps, iTunes U courses, movies, TV shows, music and podcasts to explore the stories behind ANZAC Day, WWI and the Gallipoli campaign.
Gallipoli by Peter FitzSimmons (Audiobook)
Historian Peter FitzSimons, with his trademark vibrancy and expert melding of writing and research, recreates the facts of the battle as experienced by those who endured it or perished in the attempt.
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Apps for Anzac Day
Gallipoli the First Day by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
An entirely new way to look at the Gallipoli Campaign produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the ABC; Use a 3D map to watch and explore the events of Gallipoli as and where they happened. The interactive map pinpoints events as they unfolded, overlaid by veteran video accounts and audio war diaries, read by Hugo Weaving and others.
Spirit of ANZAC Centenary 360 by Imagination (Australia)
Presented by the Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Defence Force, this app begins in pre-war Australia, before transporting you to recreated scenes of Gallipoli, the Western Front, Sinai and Palestine. Towards the end of the tour is an area for remembrance of the sailors, soldiers, airmen and nurses who served, including those who lost their lives.
Remembering Them by Big Sky Publishing
A comprehensive pocket guide of Australia's wartime history, this app offers a comprehensive list and historical descriptions of the thousands of memorials, museums, shrines, statues, monuments, buildings, wartime bases, wartime facilities, war graves and other Australian sites that commemorate our wartime history.
Victoria Cross by Agence de Développement et de Réservation Touristiques de l’Aisne
Explore the stories of 50 heroic soldiers that received the Commonwealth’s most prestigious military award for valour, The Victoria Cross, following their actions on the battlefields of Northern France during WW1.