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Nine alternative views for Anzac Day – including Lisa Barritt-Eyles on how Lake Macquarie tackled the Frontier Wars

Rather than keep up with the flood of formulaic Anzac Day stories, we collected these few, some of them from our associates, all of them, to varying degrees, coming at ‘the One Day of the Year’ from different angles. (There are also links to a couple of the mainstream stories here, under the sub-heading ‘The Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux’.)

Update 12 noon: and a bonus makes ten: John Menadue on myths and home truths of Anzac.

Update 24 April: regarding a perennial Anzac sideshow, the alleged words of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, commencing ‘Those heroes that shed their blood …’, James Robins reports in Newsroom that Te Papa National Museum in New Zealand is reviewing its approach to the words, taking account of the doubts thrown by the research of Honest History and others. Progress comes in small steps. Over to you, Australian War Memorial.

For the full extent of Honest History and associates’ research, go here.

Update 28 April: and a couple more in Waleed Aly, Scott Stephens and Martin Crotty (UQ) on the ABC and a panel on Crikey.

Update 2 May: and a comprehensive and trenchant analysis from Richard Phillips on the World Socialist Web Site. ‘Today, politicians of every stripe and the corporate media promote Anzac Day with almost quasi-religious fervour.’

David Stephens

25 April 2018 updated