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  • Box Hill remembers world war one sacrifice

    Box Hill remembers World War One sacrifice

    Today’s Remembrance Day service in Box Hill Gardens saw the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate all who served in World War One. The plaque was unveiled by Ellen Martin and James Garner-Drummond, students ... Read More
    Long Tan Cross

    Vietnam Veterans Day marks 50th anniversary of Long Tan

    Each year on 18 August, we honour and commemorate all those who served in Vietnam. This Vietnam Veterans Day also marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Australia’s most costly single military ... Read More
    Chelsea Flower Show poppies

    5000 Poppies project at Chelsea Flower Show

    A spectacular field of 300,000 handcrafted poppies now covers the central lawn of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, thanks to the 5000 Poppies project. The 5000 Poppies project began as a small personal tribute by two ... Read More
    Last letter of Major Geoffrey McCrae 19 July 1916

    Remembering the sacrifice – Major Geoffrey McCrae

    "Today I lead my battalion in an assault on the German lines and I pray God that I may come through alright and bring honour to our name. If not I will at least have ... Read More
    Dawn Service

    Attending an ANZAC dawn service

    Tomorrow, 25th April, countless Australians will attend an ANZAC Dawn Service. But what are its origins, and what does it signify? The tradition of the Dawn Service harks back to the military practice of 'standing ... Read More
    Whitehorse Schools ANZAC Service 2016

    Whitehorse Schools ANZAC service remembers past sacrifices

    Congratulations to the many schools across Whitehorse who took part in today's Schools ANZAC Service at the Cenotaph in Box Hill Gardens. A powerful address by youthful veteran, Squadron Leader Adam Lawson, told the stories ... Read More
    5000 Poppies Project

    MPs honour 5000 Poppies tribute

    This afternoon, Members of Parliament gathered on the steps of Parliament House in support of the 5000 Poppies project. What began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, ... Read More
    Gallipoli evacuation raft

    Gallipoli evacuation centenary this week

    “Each line marched, like so many ghostly figures in the dim light in single file on to its allotted jetty, and so on to a motor barge ... there was a short pause to make ... Read More
    ANZAC poppies outside Box Hill Town Hall

    Poppies commemorate WWI veterans

    A field of 600 deep red ceramic poppies covered the Box Hill Town Hall front lawn yesterday to coincide with Remembrance Day and, will remain ‘planted’ until Friday 20 November. The majority of the poppies ... Read More
    Exhibition Football Game October 1916

    How Aussie soldiers took footy abroad

    At Grand Final time in ANZAC100 - how Aussie soldiers took footy abroad in the midst of WW1… One of the earliest and most famous instances of a wartime footy game was held at the ... Read More
    ANZAC Cove 25 April 1915

    For their tomorrow, we gave our today

    Men of the 1st Divisional Signal Company at Anzac Cove, 25 April 1915. Lest we forget ... Read More
    Box Hill Cenotaph

    Whitehorse schools commemorate ANZAC centenary

    Students from schools across the City of Whitehorse gathered today at the Box Hill Cenotaph for the schools ANZAC centenary service. It was wonderful to see the strong support from schools including Laburnum Primary School, ... Read More
    Melbourne Museum WW1 Exhibition

    Melbourne Museum exhibition commemorates ANZAC100

    In a world-first in recognition of ‪#‎ANZAC100‬, over 350 of the most significant historical artefacts from the acclaimed WWI collections of the Imperial War Museum in London are being exhibited at the Melbourne Museum from ... Read More
    Sweetland Project families

    “The Sweetland Project” tells of local Gallipoli sacrifice

    This afternoon saw the launch of The Sweetland Project, a book telling the stories of 27 men from the former Shire of Nunawading who gave their lives in the Gallipoli campaign. The book was inspired ... Read More
    ANZAC Live families

    Anzac Live brings WW1 history to life

    AnzacLive‬ is an innovative project which brings Australia’s WWI history to life. Nine very different men and one woman from the First World War will be sharing their daily experiences a century to the day ... Read More
    Chinese Museum ANZAC exhibition

    Remembering WWI service of Chinese Australians

    Today, as we celebrate Chinese New Year, it’s fitting to also remember the service of Chinese Australians in World War One. A fascinating exhibition at Melbourne’s Chinese Museum 澳華歷史博物館, “Chinese ANZACS: Chinese Australians and World ... Read More
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    3rd Light Horse Brigade marching in Melbourne, 20 January 1915

    One hundred years ago today, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade paraded through the streets of Melbourne. Unique archival footage from the AWM collection shows the march past. The Brigade embarked to Egypt during the months ... Read More
    Christmas 1914

    Christmas 1914 – Australian soldiers in Egypt

    On this day 100 years ago, members of the 7th Battalion Machine Gun Section shared their Christmas dinner at Mena Camp, Egypt. The two men pictured in the foreground are Corporal Stanley John Goulding (left) ... Read More
  • Winston Churchill small sacrifices secure against catastrophe 23 May 1909

    Small sacrifices can secure against catastrophe

    A young Winston Churchill this day in 1909, reminding us of the origins of social security as a system of insurance against the potentially catastrophic effects of unemployment or prolonged illness ... Read More
    Winston Churchill We shape our buildings re 10 May 1941

    Our buildings shape us

    On this day in 1941, a German air raid destroyed the House of Commons chamber at Westminster. Winston Churchill insisted that the chamber be re-built in its old size and form, which is too small ... Read More
    Churchill bureaucracy 18_April_2015

    Churchill warns of the growth of bureaucracy

    Sombre words from Winston Churchill this day in 1947, reminding us how easy it always is for bureaucracy to grow under Labor governments ... Read More
    Winston Churchill Idealism 12 April 1942

    The importance of idealism

    A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1942 to remind us of the importance of ideals and principles in the midst of our day-to-day concerns ... Read More
    Winston Churchill Function_of_Parliament_4 April_1944

    The function of Parliament

    A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1944, reminding us of the vital responsibility of Parliament to protect the community against bad legislation and bad governments. (Photo: Winston Churchill addressing Conservative Party Conference, March ... Read More
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    Establishing a “Jewish National Home” in Palestine

    "I believe that the establishment of Jewish National Home in Palestine will be a blessing to the whole world." A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1921, affirming Churchill’s steadfast commitment to a Jewish ... Read More
    WINSTON_CHURCHILL_1950 for 28 March

    The perception of great truths

    “The dominant forces in human history have come from the perception of great truths and the faithful pursuance of great causes.” A Winston Churchill quote from 65 years ago today, pointing out that human history ... Read More
    Winston Churchill the greatest things are simple

    “All the greatest things are simple…”

    "All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." ... Read More
    Winston Churchill deeds and consequences

    Deeds bring consequences

    "The advantage and significance of deeds is that they bring consequences." A reminder from Winston Churchill of the importance of acting on our New Year's resolutions! ... Read More
  • Magna Carta (British_Library_Cotton_MS_Augustus_II.106)

    Magna Carta – 800th anniversary, but why does it matter?

    Today is the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. A lot has been written about it, but why does it matter? There are at least three reasons. First, Magna Carta required the king to agree that ... Read More
    Medieval seige

    Magna Carta – enduring right from short-term political bid

    Events 800 years ago this week illustrate that valuable and enduring constitutional rights and safeguards often arise, not from careful deliberation, but from intense day-to-day political struggles. The conflict between King John and his barons ... Read More
    Seal Die of Robert Fitzwalter

    Armed conflict begins between King John and his barons

    Today 800 years ago the armed conflict began between King John and his barons that led to Magna Carta. King John’s conduct is a classic lesson in how important it is for any government to ... Read More
    King John hunting a stag

    Melbourne’s Magna Carta connection

    In the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, everyone wants their own special connection with Magna Carta, and Melbourne has one too. As tensions with the barons grew in 1215, King John journeyed around England ... Read More
    New Temple Church Exterior

    King John confronted in Temple Church

    Temple Church, London, was the scene of one of the key events leading to the granting of Magna Carta, 800 years ago this June. In January 1215, King John was confronted at Temple Church by ... Read More
    Magna Carta 1297 Canberra

    Australia joins Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebrations

    Australia is taking our part in the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, as we should, since Magna Carta is one of the foundations on which our Westminster system of government is built ... Read More
    King John

    Magna Carta helps show what good government requires

    King John, who placed his seal on Magna Carta 800 years ago this June, is generally considered to have been one of the most evil monarchs ever to rule England. He plotted against his father, ... Read More
    King John signing Magna Carta

    800th anniversary of Magna Carta

    2015 is the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. It is a document central to the Westminster system of government we are privileged to live under. It is also a document that has ... Read More
  • Shakespeare's plays

    Shakespeare’s legacy to the English language

    Today marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. His plays and sonnets are among the best-selling works of all times, and have had an enormous influence on the development of the modern English language ... Read More
    Edmund Burke - preserve and improve

    “Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet”

    My holiday reading has included catching up with Jesse Norman’s 2013 biography of the 18th century MP, writer and philosopher, Edmund Burke. Burke has been called the founder of “modern conservatism”. He was also an ... Read More
    Winston Churchill small sacrifices secure against catastrophe 23 May 1909

    Small sacrifices can secure against catastrophe

    A young Winston Churchill this day in 1909, reminding us of the origins of social security as a system of insurance against the potentially catastrophic effects of unemployment or prolonged illness ... Read More
    Winston Churchill We shape our buildings re 10 May 1941

    Our buildings shape us

    On this day in 1941, a German air raid destroyed the House of Commons chamber at Westminster. Winston Churchill insisted that the chamber be re-built in its old size and form, which is too small ... Read More
    Churchill bureaucracy 18_April_2015

    Churchill warns of the growth of bureaucracy

    Sombre words from Winston Churchill this day in 1947, reminding us how easy it always is for bureaucracy to grow under Labor governments ... Read More
    Winston Churchill Idealism 12 April 1942

    The importance of idealism

    A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1942 to remind us of the importance of ideals and principles in the midst of our day-to-day concerns ... Read More
    Winston Churchill Function_of_Parliament_4 April_1944

    The function of Parliament

    A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1944, reminding us of the vital responsibility of Parliament to protect the community against bad legislation and bad governments. (Photo: Winston Churchill addressing Conservative Party Conference, March ... Read More
    Winston_Churchill_and_Abdullah_I_of_Jordan_1921 for 29 March

    Establishing a “Jewish National Home” in Palestine

    "I believe that the establishment of Jewish National Home in Palestine will be a blessing to the whole world." A Winston Churchill quote from this day in 1921, affirming Churchill’s steadfast commitment to a Jewish ... Read More
    WINSTON_CHURCHILL_1950 for 28 March

    The perception of great truths

    “The dominant forces in human history have come from the perception of great truths and the faithful pursuance of great causes.” A Winston Churchill quote from 65 years ago today, pointing out that human history ... Read More
    Winston Churchill the greatest things are simple

    “All the greatest things are simple…”

    "All the greatest things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." ... Read More

    “…he trespasses against his duty who sleeps over his watch…”

    "Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps over his watch..." An exhortation for the year ahead from a wise English statesman ... Read More
    Winston Churchill deeds and consequences

    Deeds bring consequences

    "The advantage and significance of deeds is that they bring consequences." A reminder from Winston Churchill of the importance of acting on our New Year's resolutions! ... Read More
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