eStudies 2015 – Special ANZAC Centenary Edition

STUDIES (eStudies) is now in its 20th year. The new e-magazine format enables your students to access video, interactive modules and research links on their own tablets and computers and thus make the learning experience richer and more interactive.

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In this edition

The Home Front during the First World War

We know a lot about the Australian soldiers of the First World War and the nature of the war they experienced.

But what was life like on the home front?

  • Were people united or divided?
  • Were there pressures on men to enlist, women to become nurses, and people to raise money for the war?
  • Were there pressures on people who did not volunteer to be conscripted and also on opponents of the war to keep quiet?

The National Museum of Australia has an exhibition, The Home Front: Australia during the First World War, looking at the stories of 24 people who were in Australia during the war.

In this unit we look at 16 of those people in 13 case studies, and use objects and other information to explore their experience of the war, to better understand the impacts of war on the Australian Home Front.

The Landing at Gallipoli – what actually happened on 25 April 2015?

2015 is the 100th anniversary of the first major Australian involvement in World War 1 — the landing at Gallipoli.

This unit looks at the events on the first day of the landing, a day which has become a major part of Australian national identity. The general impression of the first landing is that the Anzacs landed on the wrong beach, fought their way up the cliffs, fought bravely and well, but were defeated by the terrain, Mustafa Kemal, and the poor planning and leadership of the British generals. Much of this is myth, not fact.

This unit asks students to record what they know or think they know about the landing. Then they explore some details of what actually happened. In doing this they explore both facts and the myths about the day, using evidence to help them develop their own knowledge and understanding.

Connecting with and commemorating the Centenary of Anzac: How can you commemorate 1915?

In the previous units in this series we have asked what type of society Australia was in 1914 when World War 1 began; what the reactions were in Australia to its outbreak; what decisions the society had to make once war had started and what happened at the landing at Anzac on 25 April.

What do the people and events of 100 years ago, and their commemoration today, have to do with young people now?

This unit looks at connections that you can make to the people and events of 100 years ago, and how you can commemorate these through individual Memorabilia, a local RSL and the men, women, institutions and memorials in community.

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