The Anzac March | Lest we forget

Have you ever wondered where some of our Anzac traditions and slang and traditions come from? 

Australian and New Zealand soldiers became known as ‘diggers’ in Gallipoli because of the time they spent digging trenches. A sprig of rosemary is traditionally worn as a symbol of remembrance on ANZAC Day as rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

The gambling game of ‘two-up’ was played extensively by Australian soldiers during the two World Wars and is now the tradition to play on Anzac Day. ANZAC is an acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

Anzac Day 2021 – ADF personnel messages | Department of Defence Australia

April 25 is the annual day of remembrance commemorating Australians and New Zealanders who served in war and conflict. This date marks the anniversary of the landing of the Anzac soldiers on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. 

Sunshine Coast Libraries have a large range of Gallipoli and Anzac-themed titles. Drop into your local library or download popular eBooks or audiobooks from the extensive eLibrary.


Brush up on your ANZAC history with these eBooks:

To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and passwords.


Discover our brave heroes stories with these eAudiobooks:

To get started, download the BorrowBox and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. 


Stream these eMovies about our Aussie soldiers on Beamafilm:

  • Beneath Hill 60 (M) – In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunnelling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges.
  • Pozieres (M) – WW1, 1916: a small village in France was stormed and captured by Australians and became key to the success of the Battle for the Somme. In less than seven weeks they suffered 23,000 casualties.
  • Attack Force Z (M) – Classic Australian cinema starring Sam Neill and Mel Gibson. Set in World War II, a top-secret Australian attack unit penetrates Japanese lines.
  • The Lighthorseman (PG) – Four men of the Australian Light Horse are thrust into the last great cavalry charge.
  • Breaker Morant  (PG) – A classic Australian film of injustice and the horror of war.

First time customer – select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password. Create a Beamafilm account, then verify your email address.  

On the web

More Anzac Day knowledge:

Anzac Day 2021 - Chief of the Defence Force message | Department of Defence Australia 

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