ANZAC Day, held on the 25th of April every year, is a significant national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Since 1915, the day has involved ceremonies recognising and remembering the service of Australians and New Zealanders.
This year, the Library will be taking part in ANZAC day ceremonies in the following ways:
ANZAC Day Opening Hours
Library opening hours for Tuesday, 25 April 2017:
10am to 6pm
At 11am, a period of silence will be observed in the Library as a sign of respect and time for reflection.
Talk: Battle of Coral-Balmoral
Join us at UTS Library on the Friday before ANZAC Day for a lunchtime presentation by two participants from the Battle of Coral-Balmoral, the largest, most sustained and arguably most hazardous battle fought by Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. Hear the stories of Ian “Scrubber” Ahearn and Tony Jensen, both young Lieutenants during the battle, told through compelling narrative and accompanied by music and visual imagery.
12.30pm - 1.30pm, Friday 21 April
Level 2 – Events Space
Lunch will be provided
ANZAC Day Book Display
UTS Library staff are commemorating ANZAC Day through a book display carefully selected with our University Librarian, Mal Booth. Located on Level 2 of the Library, the books are accompanied by handwritten reviews, which invite readers to explore topics of remembrance, peacekeeping, Indigenous ANZACs and Australia’s contributions to military history.
Read University Librarian, Mal Booth’s blog post for insights on his experience working at the Australian War Memorial as well as reflections on his choices for the book display.
Rosemary for remembrance
Sprigs of rosemary are traditionally worn on ANZAC Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. The herb has been associated with memory in science and literature for thousands of years. This association with memory is particularly significant for Australians and New Zealanders as it is found growing wild on the Gallipoli peninsula - the site of the first ANZAC campaign. The Library will be providing sprigs of rosemary for staff and students to wear in recognition of ANZAC Day.