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Australians Born In April
This month's Australian birthdays include the Prime Minister who resigned after only 40 days in office, the dancer who toured with Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, ARIA and Logie winners, singers, and politicians. For those no longer with us, it's a way to remember them too.
My list of over 50 Aussies born in April includes ...
Anzac Day, 25th April is the day we honour all the men and women who defended our country.
No matter the occasion, share it with our free Greeting Cards today.
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Last Surviving Anzac
Sophie B wrote to me that she thought we credited the wrong person as the last surviving Anzac from the Gallipoli Campaign. She said she thought it "was actually Alec Campbell who died in 2002 at the age of 103."
Yes, Sophie, you're partly correct. Alec Campbell was our last surviving Anzac from the Gallipoli Campaign. However, Alec didn't land there until early November 1915.
It was Ted Matthews who was our last surviving Anzac from the FIRST landing at Anzac Cove of the Gallipoli campaign on 25 April 1915. See
Our Australian Soldiers
I found the poem several readers have asked about. It was written by Nancy Bowman when she was 10 years old.
On the 25th of April far across the sea,
It was published in The School Paper in 1918. Read the whole poem Our Australian Soldiers and another version often confused with it.
The 1918 Victorian issue of The School Paper cost 1d (1 penny). By the way, for those not familiar with Australian/British money, we say 'pence' when we're talking
Ted was 18 years old when he went ashore on in the FIRST Gallipoli landing. He one of the last to leave when the eight month campaign was aborted. He died in 1997 at the age of 101.
I've updated the information on our website to honour both Ted Matthews and Alec Campbell. Along with all the other men and women who have risked their lives in service of Australia over the years, we owe them a debt of gratitude.
about more than 1 penny. So you say 3 pence, not 3 pennies (the way the Yanks say it).
Anzac – A National Heirloom
The government has a great website showing you some of the applications to use the word 'Anzac'. Even before the evacuation of Gallipoli, the word was being used in a variety of ways. It's well worth a look.