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Celebrate ANZAC Day with your family

Anzac Day is significant to everyone in Australia, so come and join in on the fun!

Many Australians fought in the First World War and died for us. World War 1 began when the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated on the 28th of June, 1914. Due to this, Austria then declared war on Serbia on the 28th of July when they found out the man that killed the heir to throne was from an extreme Serbian nationalist group.

At the time, Britain was in the Triple Entente with Russia and France, meaning that Australia was too. These countries were sided with Serbia in 'The Allies' and Australia went to war along side Britain. Australian and New Zealand troops fought in the many theaters of war, and on the Western Front as well as in Gallipoli.

The ANZACS fought in many battles but their most significant battle was in the gullies, beaches and cliffs of Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula. The first landing of soldiers at Gallipoli took place on the morning of the 25th of April, 1915, the day we now celebrate Anzac Day. The soldiers had to reach the shore in landing craft and claw their way up steep cliffs under Turkish fire. There was confusion and a mass list of casualties just that day. Over 2300 Anzacs died that day, so now on the 25th of April every year we remember them.

Our soldiers also fought for us on the Western Front in France. A significant battle that occurred there was the First Battle of the Somme on the 1st of July, 1916. The Australian Fifth Division suffered over 5000 casualties on the 19th of July in a dummy attack meant to divert German Reserve troops, at Fromelles, north of the Somme.

The impact of WW1 on the Australians back home, left the country divided. Not only did the government have to introduce taxes for growing war debuts and take away many democratic rights, but after Gallipoli, people thought Australia should introduce Conscription to force men into going to war. This lead to great bitterness between those supporting it and those against it. Those supporting it were Billy Hughes, the Labour prime minister, and big newspapers as well as business organisations. They argued that Britain was in peril and those who hadn't stepped forward should be forced to go. Those against conscription consisted of trade unions because many feared the working class men would be forced to go and not the higher class men. Women and children on the home front took part in recruiting campaigns, fund raising and charity work as they waited for their loved ones to return home.

This is why Anzac Day is so significant to Australians. It marks the day of Australia's first military action in World War 1. Many men lost their lives to keep Australia safe and on Anzac Day we can remember the sacrifice those men made.
So now that you know all about ANZAC Day, come to The Food Show and participate in family friendly activities like Anzac biscuit making and food competitions!


Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 8am

Birrarung Marr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Melbourne, VIC

After the dawn service, come and join in on the fun at The Food Show! During World War One, many of our soldiers had little to eat that was nutritious or not covered with lice or flies! So come make and enjoy some delicious food in memory of the sacrifice the soldiers made for us. We have stands that will the best food you could ever taste, or for the younger ones, you can make your own Anzac cookies! There will be eating competitions with food prizes and quiet places you can eat your delicious food and reflect and remember. It will be fun for the whole family so come and have a good time and celebrate this wonderful day together through food!