Spirit of ANZAC experience

Have you had the Spirit of ANZAC centenary experience come to your town or city?


My father is interested in general history while my mother is more into family history, so yesterday I spent over two hours at the ANZAC experience with my father.

It was held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre and was free entry but you still had to book your ticket. The organization was very structured – book ticket, arrive on time, enter in small group, get instructions on how to use interactive ipods, test our audio then head into the actual experience – run like clockwork with members of the defence services in charge.


Once inside the display the ipod gave information in each section beginning with Australian Federation period then heading into World War I and near the end, other conflicts Australia has participated in.


In every part of the display were artefacts that you could get more information about by tapping your ipod on the red button and waiting for the info to download. At the end of the full experience, you added in your email address and this info will be sent to your home for you to keep.

A fantastic two hours were spent (recommended one hour) learning more about WWI to add to my knowledge from the 100 stories course I did earlier in the year.

Readers: If you have visited this ANZAC experience, what were the highlights for you?

Where to now?

I have just completed the five week course from Future Learn called World War 1: 100 stories put together by Bruce, Rebecca and Laura from Monash University. It has been a brilliant course with so much information about WWI.

  • The silent, black and white videos showing the stories of men and women engaged in something related to WWI
  • The discussions with leading historians about certain aspects of WWI
  • The visits to the Melbourne Museum and the Love and Sorrow Exhibition
  • The visits to the different monuments and battlefields

The knowledge of online records that we can now use to flesh out our relatives time during WWI

Australian War Memorial records including:

National Archives of Australia records including:

Commonwealth War Graves including:

Readers: Which post on my blog, about the WWI 100 stories course, did you enjoy most? For those who took part in the course, what did you enjoy the most?

To find them all click on the category on the sidebar labelled WWI: 100 stories