Remembering Anzac - Travel and Study in 2022

Remembering Anzac - Travel and Study in 2022
Tuesday 12 April 2022

War memory looms large in Australia and New Zealand. From modest monuments featured in tiny country towns to the elaborate exhibitions fielded by state and national memorials, war has come to occupy a privileged place in both countries physical and cultural landscape.

What challenges are involved in representing, exhibiting and ‘remembering’ war? How have commemorative cultures changed over time? What role do museums play in perpetuating war memory decades or generations after conflicts have ended and how is the meaning of Anzac viewed differently across different communities and in different parts of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Remembering Anzac: A study tour of commemorative landscapes, museums & memorials across Australasia is an undergraduate course offered by the School of History, and led by world authority on the commemoration of war Professor Bruce Scates.

This course offers you a rich and unique experience engaging with history and the cultural institutions that tell that history. You will enjoy the rewarding opportunity of travel across Australia and New Zealand, working with friends and peers in the field, all while earning academic credit and accelerating your degree.

For further details (including information about student travel loans and subsidies) contact the course convenor, Professor Bruce Scates.

Places for this course are strictly limited so get in touch today!

Study Support

The College of Arts and Social Sciences recognises the importance of study opportunities like this. We also recognise the financial demands on students particularly at this time. To help students enjoy opportunities like this, we provide support, please enquire with the course convenor or Scholarship and Prizes Officer for more information.

CASS Study Tour and Field Trip Travel Grant

Explore Related Resources

Are you interested in finding out more about the topics this course will engage with?

Visit One Hundred Stories, a collection of previously untold accounts from The Great War that vividly recall the men and women lost to conflict, and the lasting impact on those who returned.

Watch a conversation between Professor Bruce Scates and Yale Professor Jay Winter, discussing what happened when the guns stopped firing and exploring the landscape of commemorative sites changing symbolism of remembrance the world over.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dates and which cities and places will I visit?

We are planning an information session for the course in the first week of teaching in 2022, and an orientation in the final week of teaching (dates/times tba).

Actual classes will commence with coincide with the teaching break in September 2022, and begin with a tour of the commemorative precinct of Anzac Parade and an excursion to the Australian War Memorial on Monday 5 September (9.00am - 5.00pm). We will spend the next few days engaging with other commemorative sites and archives in Canberra and (for a localised perspective on commemoration) embark on a day trip to Goulburn and surrounds. The main Interstate component of the tour will span Thursday 8 September – Sunday 19 September.

What will we do, where will we go?

We will explore the different way Anzac is remembered across Australia. We’ll visit the museums that interrogate the memory of the war that changed the world. And we’ll engage with commemorative sites and memorial precincts shaped and reshaped by many different communities.

We begin in Canberra with an introduction to the archives of the Australian War Memorial, the National Library, and the National Archives, acquiring practical skills to enhance your research. We will also consider how war is represented in art, film, literature and memorial spaces, discover Australia’s ‘forgotten wars’ and explore country centres in NSW.

The next destination is Sydney. We’ll embark on a commemorative tour around Sydney’s harbour, consider how women are commemorated in war, and recover the personal stories behind public memorials.  We’ll take the ferry across to Manly and conduct a close analysis of how a single community honoured its war dead, visit the sites of the earliest Anzac Day services and tour the galleries of the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.

After three days in Sydney the course will move onto Victoria for an extended excursion through the galleries and commemorative spaces of the Shrine of Remembrance and the State Library. We will also consider alternative memorial landscapes. Today the skyline of Melbourne is virtually defined by the Shrine. What would the city have looked like without it, and how and where else might Victorians have commemorated their war dead. In Melbourne students visit a host of memorial installations along the bayside and throughout the city. They will also be given the opportunity to present their own war memorial, interrogating the meaning of monuments and crafting biographies of the men and women they commemorate.

Crossing the Tasman, we will look at different modes of commemoration in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and again pursue the question of how the frontier wars are commemorated. We will engage with major cultural institutions, including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the National War Memorial in Wellington and Te Papa (the National Museum). In Auckland, ‘the City of Sail’, we’ll cross the harbour and view Frank Lynch’s iconic ‘Untidy Soldier’ statue in the historic town of Devonport. In Wellington, we’ll meet with leading historians of war memory in New Zealand and conduct readings from ‘Once On Chunuk Bair’ beneath Malone’s memorial window in the Cathedral.

What will this degree count for, how can it fit into my degree and what are the prerequisites?

This is an intensive unit that will earn 12 Units towards your degree. We welcome students from all disciplinary backgrounds, so you need not be enrolled in a History major to undertake this course. You need to have completed 36 units towards your degree at the ANU to enrol in this course, but admission can be approved by the Course Convenor in other circumstances (eg students who have completed 24 units at first year at the ANU and will have completed 12 more units before departing for overseas).

Please note:

  • students who have already completed HIST2206 The Anzac Battlefields and Beyond: A Study Tour of Gallipoli, London, Paris and the Western Front cannot undertake HIST2172 Remembering Anzac: A Study Tour of Commemorative Landscapes. Memorials and Museums across Australasia.
  • Students who complete Hist2172 will not be precluded from enrolling in Hist 2206 once the pandemic has eased in Europe. There may be some adjustment to the points awarded to your degree but the University encourages all students to undertake some form of overseas study.

‘Remembering Anzac’ counts as 6 points towards a History Minor (but 12 points towards your degree or a History Major) and will also count towards electives in your program of study (provided you have space for electives). Please seek advice form CASS Student Office if you are unsure. Hist2172 will be count towards a Major in War Studies and well as a Minor and/or Major in History.

Can students external to ANU apply for this course?

Students may also apply from approved universities in Australia, but final acceptance for the program will be at the discretion of the course convenor and your home institution.

What will the assessment tasks involve?

'Remembering Anzac’ takes teaching and learning out of the classroom. Assessment has been tailored to take advantage of teaching and learning ‘in the field’, engaging with places and objects of immense historical interest. There is a strong component of collaborative learning (through group work), an opportunity for you to draw on your own skills and interests and (although most of the assessment will be completed interstate) a chance to reflect on your experience on your return to Canberra. Specific assessment will include:

  • Work sheets and journal (2000 words) 20%
    This journal will be the narrative of your journey across these memory landscapes. It will be kept during your time interstate/overseas and can provide an additional resource for your research paper. Work sheets will be focused on the specific sites/institutions directing and facilitating student learning.
  • Two in-country group presentations (1000 words each) 20% each
    These will be based around specific memorials and exhibitions.
  • Digital narrative/virtual exhibition (2000 words) 20%
    In the course of researching individual memorials, you will craft individual biographies of men and women ‘lost’ in the Great War and the impact their deaths had on families and communities. These will be rendered (in digital form) and may be featured (with attribution) on the ANU’s 100 stories website. This will offer you a public forum to profile your original research.  There is also an alternative essay set for those who prefer more conventional forms of assessment.
  • Reflective Essay (3,500 words) 40%
    Although you will have completed much of the research and readings for this project before we return to Canberra, you are not required to submit the essay until a month after our return. The research essay will compare and contrast two (or more) museums we have visited in the course of our tour, focusing on galleries/exhibitions that you found of particular interest.


Who will teach the course?

Professor Bruce Scates is a world authority on the remembrance of war. He has several awards for teaching excellence at university and state level and is the (co) recipient of an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence. Bruce has led tours of the Anzac Battlefields for several years and was the historian appointed to lead the Victorian Premier’s Anzac Tours. Prior to the COVID pandemic, he launched ANU’s own study tour of the Anzac Battlefields. This tour will benefit from the expertise of other ANU historians and staff attached to leading cultural institutions interstate and overseas including the Australian War Memorial, the Shrine of Remembrance, and the Anzac Memorial.

Are there preliminary readings/activities?

We understand that most students will be committed to course work for other subjects in the first semester, so preliminary readings will be kept to a minimum. Readings (and other helpful resources) will be distributed (via a designated Wattle site) in May 2022.  

Are there any personal circumstances that might prevent me joining the course?

This course will involve walking across sometimes challenging terrain (especially the hills of Auckland and Wellington).  You must have a reasonable level of fitness and mobility to undertake this course. You must report any allergies (or any disability/condition that might affect your learning) to the course convenor when you lodge the expression of interest below. Please feel free to discuss these issues with the course convenor prior to lodging your expression of interest and every reasonable accommodation will be made.

Do I need to take out travel insurance?

Any ANU student is covered (on the completion of the relevant forms) by ANU travel insurance at NO COST TO THEMSELVES. These forms (which include a statement of any pre-existing medical conditions) must be completed by May 2021. Eligible students accepted from other universities will be responsible for taking out their own insurance and the course convenor will outline options for the same.

Are there safety issues I should be aware of?

The University’s first priority is your personal well-being and safety. Students will be briefed on maintaining health and personal safety at the information and orientation sessions.
The study tour will be conducted in a COVID-safe manner following local health regulations in each jurisdiction we visit, and best practices guided by the University public health team.

What are the tuition fees associated with this course?

This course will incur the same tuition fee as any 12 unit course offered in history at the ANU, no more, no less. Refer to Programs and Courses website for domestic and international tuition fees. 

What are the additional fees associated with this course and what does this additional fee cover?

In addition to the standard tuition fee, students will be required to pay an additional travel fee which will cover all accommodation and land transport, air travel across Australia, all museum entries, and some meals in transit. This fee will be $3990 (tbc – estimate based on 10 students enrolling and twin share accommodation). This price may vary very slightly and you will be notified well in advance of any changes.

Is there any financial assistance I can assess?

You can also stagger payments of the $3990 fee over 9 scheduled payments.
All such payments will be made through the approved agent for this course, WOW travel. The schedule of payments and contact details for the agent will be forwarded to you when the course Convenor receives your Expression of Interest.
Students suffering financial hardship can also take advantage of travel grants offered by the College. For further information about these grants, visit the site below:

Will my travel and accommodation be comfortable?

Yes. All flights are arranged through reliable and reputable airlines. Modern 45-seater buses, with ample room and air conditioning have been charted for most of our travel interstate. Hotel accommodation is in twin share rooms and is of 4-star standard.

Where exactly are we staying so I can check out these sites (if I wish to) on line?

Our hotels (in order of visitation) are:

  • Holiday Inn, Potts Point, Sydney
  • Mantra Southbank, Melbourne
  • Auckland accommodation (tbc)
  • Wellington accommodation (tbc)

Are places limited?

Absolutely. To deliver quality teaching, and to protect the fragile landscapes and heritage value of all our destinations, this course is capped at a maximum of 25 students. Please note that for the 2022 tour places will be allocated on a first in, first served basis.

How do I secure my place on the Remembering Anzac Study Tour for 2022?

To secure a place, you must do three things.

1. Register an expression of interest as soon as possible. This will enable me to send you all the details you need to complete steps 2 & 3 below. The EOI can take the form of a simple email reading

"I, YOUR NAME, wish to reserve a place on Hist2172: Remembering Anzac: a Study Tour of Commemorative Landscapes, Museums and Memorials across Australasia in 2022. I understand that the course will be conducted from 5-19 September and undertake to participate in all class activities outlined in ANU Programs and Courses for Hist2172 during that time. I am in good health and have/will acquire a passport enabling travel to sites overseas. I have completed/will complete 36 units of ANU courses towards my degree or made comparable progress in Study Programs offered by another approved university. I am happy to have my name included on a group email of prospective students.

Please forward this email to Professor Bruce Scates [] ASAP and no later than 1 July 2022. Please include the subject heading Anzac Battlefield and Beyond.

2. Undertake a deposit of $600 in a schedule of payments for the course fee of $3990. As noted above, this fee is in addition to the standard tuition fee and will cover all accommodation and land transport, airfares, museum entries and some meals in transit.
The payment can be made through the approved travel agent for this course, WOW travel. Details will be provided on receipt of your Expression of Interest.


3. Enrol in the course via ISIS when enrolments open for Winter session 2022. A course code will be issued when your deposit ($600) secures your place on the tour and that will enable you to complete the enrolment process.
In the unlikely event of the course not being offered in 2022, this $600 will be refunded in full by 1 July 2022. On 1 July a decision will be made if the course is proceeding.


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