Reflections on the ‘National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary’

Since the 1990s, the Australian Government has had a considerable impact on the way the Great War has been (and will be) remembered and commemorated in Australia.  It has accompanied, and to some extent anticipated, public demand from a segment of civil society by shaping the conflict as a key feature of Australian identity. This is why the reflection on the commemoration of the centenary of the Great War has begun particularly early in Australia.

The Government has set up a ‘National Commission on the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary’ endowed with its own official website: http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au/. I recommend it as a source of primary material for researchers in the social sciences,  especially the ‘publications’ section.

Needless to say, the commission and its composition are controversial. Peter Dean from the University of Notre Dame provides insight on the issue in an article accessible at : http://www.aph.org.au/files/articles/assessingReassessing.htm .


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