The NSW War Memorial Register is a useful resource for students and teachers of history. This page provides links to resources to help students in Stage 2 and Stage 5 explore the commemoration and remembrance of the First and Second World Wars and to understand what war memorials are, and why they are significant.
Topic: Community and Remembrance
Key inquiry question: How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
Learn about the history and meaning of the Rising Sun badge and the slouch hat with emu plumes, both important Anzac symbols.
Lest We Forget
Learn about the Anzacs and the Gallipoli landing and how Australia’s role in the First World War is remembered.
Commemorating Anzac through engaging learning – Stage 2 History
A brief guide to helping students research war memorials and honour boards in their local community, and how to consider their significance, including how Anzac Day and Remembrance Day are commemorated in Australia and symbols of remembrance.
Topic: Core Study - Depth Study 3: Australians at War; World Wars I and II (1914–1918, 1939–1945)
Commemorations, memorials and war graves
Learn about what war memorials are and why they are significant, including forms and dedication of memorials, Memorials to the Missing, Australian regional memorials, Australian state memorials and overseas war memorials.
Commemorating Anzac through engaging learning – Stage 5 History
A guide to helping students investigate how and why Australians commemorate wars and the ways in which specific wars and campaigns are recognised. Using a range of sources, students explore varying perspectives on the Anzac legend, including that of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
In Remembrance – Memorial plans
State Archives material about how the people of NSW commemorated those who fought and died in the First World War, featuring sketches, plans, and blueprints of memorials in NSW.
Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park
The Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park offers a range of education programs for primary and secondary students, which are linked to the NSW Curriculum. They also offer on site and in-school visits, and online learning resources.
The Anzac Portal
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs website, Anzac Portal: Education and Community Awareness for the Anzac Centenary 2014–2018 (the Anzac Portal) was designed to provide an educative focus for the Anzac Centenary. The website provides a range of education resources to support classroom teaching of Australia’s wartime history. The Anzac Portal contains a number of history publications, war history websites, a digital exhibition and veteran interviews, to provide the education and wider communities with a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime experiences, both on the frontline and on the home front.