The origins of the Anzac Day celebrations and the contributions of Monash

Bruce P Waxman
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00370
Published online: 20 April 2015

Why the spirit of Anzac has captured the imagination of all Australians

As we celebrate the centenary, this month, of the birth of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) legend, it is worthwhile contemplating why we have a public holiday on 25 April and the origins of some of the traditions that make that day so special. In doing so, I also explore the contributions made by Sir John Monash to establishing and perpetuating those traditions.1,2

  • Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC.

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  • 1. Blankfield A. Who was this man called “Monash”? Melbourne: Tribute Publications, 2014.
  • 2. Waxman B. Medicine in small doses: Monash at Gallipoli — the paradoxes, the transformation moments, and the birth and celebration of ANZAC Day. ANZ J Surg 2015. In press.


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