The myth of ANZAC

Mark Cryle: The myth of Anzac

Australian governments have spent $325 million dollars on the hundredth commemoration of the Australian and New Zealand invasion of Turkey in 1915 (largely ignoring the British, French, Senghalese, and Indian contributions), a commemoration which reaches its peak today. Over the century an enormous propaganda campaign has tried to establish ANZAC Day as Australia’s co-called ‘foundation myth’. But how real is this foundation myth? How was the myth made? MARK CRYLE is a historian writing his PhD on the history of ANZAC Day. In this interview with 4ZZZ’s Dr John Jiggens he discusses the history and the prehistory of Anzac Day.



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