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Published July 24th 2014
Why wait until April for the ANZAC experience?
The wounded from the landing commenced to come on board at 9 am and poured into the ship's wards from barges and boats. The majority still had on their field dressing and a number of these were soaked through. Two orderlies cut off the patient's clothes and I started immediately with dressings. There were 76 patients in my ward and I did not finish until 2 am. [Ella Tucker, 1915, in Barker, Nightingales in the Mud, p.30]
This year the numbers attending the dawn ANZAC services throughout Australia swelled to unprecedented numbers. People from cities, towns representing a range of age groups have come together to remember the Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. But the spirit of ANZAC means much more than just attending the dawn service.
Don't get me wrong, anyone who gets up well before dawn, for any reason other than they have to, is showing remarkable commitment. So, for those who can't get enough of the ANZAC, this national Travelling Exhibition is for you.
I shall never forget the awful feeling of hopelessness on night duty. It was dreadful. I had two wards downstairs, each over 100 patients and then I had small wards upstairs — altogether about 250 patients to look after, and one orderly and one Indian sweeper. Shall not describe their wounds, they were too awful. One loses sight of all the honour and the glory in the work we are doing. [Lydia King, 1915 in Goodman, Our War Nurses, p.39]
Using digital, new age technology, this exhibition will incorporate first-hand accounts of experiences and feature First World War artifacts. This is free educational experience aimed at developing a deeper understanding of the enduring impact of the First World War on Australia and how the Anzac spirit, tradition and values have been woven into Australia's history and lifestyle.
It is hoped that, if funds are available, that the Travelling Exhibition will visit remote, regional and urban locations across Australia from late 2015. This would provide communities with the opportunity to share their own local stories about involvement in the war and their contribution to the Anzac legacy. For more details see the official website.
We were all glad to be taking part in the great adventure. They were grim and tragic, but somehow inspiring days.[Nellie Pike, 1915, in Barker, Nightingales in the Mud, p.42]
For information about Anzac Day ceremonies in your local area, contact your local Returned Services League sub-branch or ex-service organisation for details.
For details of the National Remembrance Day service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, please visit the Australian War Memorial website.