AUSTRALIA AND THE LEGEND OF ANZAC

Wednesday 08 April 2015 -
18:30 to 21:00
EUGENE GOOSSENS HALL

The BBC and British Council invite you to attend a special centenary event

AUSTRALIA AND THE LEGEND OF ANZAC

One hundred years ago the First World War set the course for the modern world; for the countries that took part nothing would be the same again.  In this British Council and BBC World Service series we look at the impact of the war from around the globe.

Wednesday 8 April 2015
6.30pm – 9pm

EUGENE GOOSSENS HALL, ABC CENTRE
700 Harris Street, Ultimo

World War One has a special meaning for Australia. A century ago troops from the fledgling nation sailed thousands of miles to engage in their first foreign conflict.

Anzac Day has become Australia’s day to remember and mark its beginnings. 100 years after Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula, it is more prominent than ever before. Anzac is often referred to as Australia’s founding story as it came so early in the life of the new nation. It is widely celebrated, but there are those that say it focuses on masculinity, mateship and the military to the detriment of other facets of Australian life.

How did the Australian experience of the war differ from that of other nations? And what role has the 'legend of Anzac' played in the hundred year history of Australia since the first Anzac Day?

Join us to discuss Anzac and its legacy with Marilyn Lake from the University of Melbourne and Bruce Scates of Monash University. Celebrated theatre director and playwright Wesley Enoch will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience of the war in a specially commissioned essay. 

You must register in order to attend this event.  Attendance is free of charge.

Should you have any further queries or are having difficulties in registering, please contact us by email enquiries@britishcouncil.org.au or telephone (02) 93626725.