Presenter: Dr Mark Cryle

Schools were sites for the first Anzac Day commemorative events held in Australia in 1916. For a century education has continued to play a key role in embedding the Anzac story in Australian culture. Yet the very ubiquity of the Anzac legend and the shifting nature of our beliefs and value systems mean that teachers now can no longer recycle the pedagogical practices of the past. Assisting students towards an understanding of the First World War and its impact on Australian society requires as much unlearning as it does learning.

In this workshop facilitated by Dr Mark Cryle, we disassemble and reassemble events and themes in the Australian war experience between 1914 and 1918. We meddle with mythology and play with the past. We question historical certainties and take intellectual risks around alternative hypotheses. We seek, in the words of one educationalist, “to access the profound through the playful”.

Dr Mark Cryle is a published historian, presenter and teacher. In 2015 he completed a PhD on the origins of Anzac Day to 1918. He was formerly the Manager of the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland. Mark has also researched and written on other aspects of Australian history including race relations and labour history. In another life Mark is a musician and songwriter.


This professional development session is part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation program, proudly supported by the Queensland Government.