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Australians Born In April
This month's April Australian birthdays include politician not allowed in parliamentary dining room, Academy Award winning cinematographer. It's a way to remember those no longer with us. They include:
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Anzac – What's in a name?
Sebastiana emailed us asking why we call our cards "Lest We Forget."
"Lest we forget" is a phrase from the poem Recessional by Rudyard Kipling. It means you should always remember the past or you will repeat the mistakes.
In other words, honour the men and women who died to give you a future free from tyranny. Forget and you may one day lose that freedom.
The Australian government decided that our Anzac Day cards violated their regulations.
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.
Regulations were written to protect the word 'Anzac' and any word resembling it, from inappropriate use. The rules were made originally in the War Precautions Act in 1914.
I thought our Anzac cards were tastefully done and designed to honour the special men and women who serve and protect our country. Unfortunately The Hon Bruce Billson, MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs (ed. at that time) didn't see it that way and declined to give us permission to have the cards. So I removed the word 'Anzac' and now use "Lest We Forget".
Actually we are in favour of the regulation. Besides the historical importance, the Anzacs hold a special place in our country's cultural identity. So it is important to protect, even if the ruling went against us.
Does this mean you can't use the word Anzac for anything? You may have noticed streets and highways called Anzac. That's permitted. How about Anzac biscuits? Yes, but only if you use the traditional recipe and shape. Sorry Yanks, but calling it Anzac cookies is prohibited.
As far back as 1915 people tried to make money out of using the name. Walker and his 'famous dog Anzac' ran the Anzac Golliwog Company which performed in theatres around Australia. After being interviewed by the local police, he left the state and presumable stopped using the name.
Some people asked to use the name Anzac for a child's name (approved) while others wanted to name their homes Anzac (refused). Queensland Kops Brewery wanted beer labels called Anzac Toast (refused). So ask permission first.
When businesses are unsure what is the proper form to use, they play it safe and use all capital letters in their print material such as ANZAC DAY, ANZAC BISCUITS, and ANZAC SOLDIERS.
Personally I believe in following the proper form which was based in historical fact. It was how the Anzac soldiers used it themselves. An excellent explaination with detailed examples, photos and expert opinions can be found at Anzacs.org FAQ
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
Honouring Anzac Day
As 25 April rolls around every year, we honour the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who fought valiantly at Gallipoli during World War I. The mateship that developed between men from the two countries is important to teach to our children. This special day also pays tribute to all the men and women who served and died in all the military operations since then. Sadly, far too many.
Dawn Services around Australia
Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Local Returned Services Leagues (RSL)
We have quite a few resources on our website.
In Tall Poppy