ANZAC Stories

STUDY GUIDE – Download & Print PDF
VIEW – 6 x 4 minute documentary vignettes

The ANZAC STORIES video series and Study Guide are suitable for primary and secondary students, for use as a stand-alone classroom activity or in conjunction with a visit to the National Anzac Centre. They are designed to support the Australian history curriculum, particularly for years 5, 6, 9 and 10.

ANZAC STORIES should be screened to students before completing the Classroom Activities and/ or in conjunction with a visit to the National Anzac Centre.

Students could work as individuals or in small groups to complete the Activities after viewing one or more of the vignettes. Some students may also complete the ‘Explore More’ options. There are also some suggested ‘Extension’ activities for older, more able, faster working or more interested students. Teachers should plan for a plenary note-making/ summary activity. From the general conclusions drawn from discussion of their notes, students should write a report, short (1-3 paragraphs) or extended (30 – 40 lines), describing the experiences of the ANZACs in the First World War. Students might highlight:

  • Reasons for enlistment
  • Experiences in different wartime contexts; Gallipoli and elsewhere
  • The nature of ‘modern’ warfare
  • Impact of war on the individual and society
  • Post-First World War commemoration and remembrance

This could be done as an individual or group ‘assignment’, or as a teacher led ‘joint construction’.


  • Archie Barwick – Sergeant, 1st Battalion, AIF
  • Walter Dexter – Chaplain, 5th Battalion, AIF
  • (Sir) John Monash – Colonel, 4th Infantry Bridgade, AIF
  • Olive Haynes – Sister, Australian Army Nursing Service
  • George Medcalf – Private, 11th Battalion, AIF
  • Cecil Malthus – Private, 12th Nelson Co, NZ Expeditionary Force


Explore the four-part ‘Great War’ series from The Australian:

  • Part 1: The Road to Gallipoli
  • Part 2 The Western Front
  • Part 3: The Darkest Days
  • Part 4: End Game and Aftermath