Australian Wartime Experiences

Content: The content must focus on Australia’s wartime experiences.
Special Requirements: All entries in this special category will be required to show evidence of using resources from DVA’s Anzac Portal –

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is proud to sponsor this special category, in which students research Australia’s wartime history to gain an understanding of the service and sacrifice of those who have served our nation in wars, conflicts and peace-keeping operations.

In the National History Challenge for 2021, students are to focus their research on the theme of ‘SIGNIFICANCE: History matters’.  Students are encouraged to think about people and events in Australia’s wartime history and consider how and why they matter and what are the consequences arising from their significance. 

Some possible areas of research might include:

  • The commemoration each year of Anzac Day and/or Remembrance Day
  • Campaigns and battles in which Australian servicemen and servicewomen have taken major roles
  • The legacy of Indigenous Australians who have served the nation in historical and contemporary wars

These suggested topics are just some of the ways into the theme for the 2021 National History Challenge. Use them as a ‘launch pad’ for your research. Be creative! Entries must be historically accurate and respectful of the contribution of Australian veterans.

The Anzac Portal:

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