Lest We Remember

Ele Jenkins asks:
what do Australians forget on Anzac Day?

General Sir Ian Hamilton, in a 1914 letter to the British Prime Minister.
Hamilton would later command the Anzac campaign.

The figures quoted above are mostly from the Australian War Memorial Website.*

Fred Farrall, a Digger who fought at the Somme;
interviewed by historian Alistair Thomson in the 1980s.

James Brown, Lowy Institute Military Fellow, defence analyst and former officer.


* The Turkish death toll estimate can be found here.
The Armenian death toll estimate appears in Geoffrey Robertson’s book
‘An Inconvenient genocide’ — see below.
For Australia’s official stance on the Armenian deaths, see
this link.

About the Artist

Ele Jenkins is a keen history nerd and artist who lives in Melbourne. You can visit her website to see more comics and illustrations, or to send her an email.

Further Reading

Marilyn Lake and Henry Reynolds, What’s Wrong with Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History. New South: Sydney, 2010.

James Brown, Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of Our National Obsession. Redback: Collingwood, 2014.

Alistair Thomson, ‘Anzac Memories: putting popular memory theory into practice in Australia’. Reproduced as chapter 25 of ‘The Oral History Reader’, edited by Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson. Routledge: London, 2004.

Bruce Scates, ‘Political rhetoric makes a parody of remembrance’. The Age, April 23rd 2015.

Geoffrey Robertson, An Inconvenient Genocide. Vintage: North Sydney, 2014.

Robert Manne, ‘A Turkish Tale: Gallipoli and the Armenian Genocide’. The Monthly, February 2007.

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