‘Annie’s War’ is an award-winning children’s book, written by Lucy Bracey and illustrated by Gregory Mackay. It shares the true story of the Slade family who lived in Kew during and after World War I. The book aims to provide young people in our community a deeper understanding of the lasting impact World War I had on Boroondara.

In 2020, Annie’s War was awarded the Victorian Community History Award Historical Interpretation Award, which recognises the most outstanding local history project presented in a unique format. The Victorian Community History Awards are presented by Public Record Office Victoria and Royal Historical Society of Victoria

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Learn with Boroondara Arts

A complementary education resource is available for teachers to use in the classroom in conjunction with the book, aimed at Grades 3 and 4. 
For more information about this resource and how to use it in the classroom, please contact Boroondara Arts at [email protected] or  on (03) 9278 4770.

Purchase Annie’s War

Annie’s War can be purchased through the Boroondara Arts Shop.

Borrow, download or listen to Annie’s War

The publication of ‘Annie’s War’ was funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Armistice Centenary Grants Program. The Commonwealth has not participated in the research, production of exercised editorial control over the activity or its contents. The views expressed and conclusions reached herein do not necessarily represent those of the Commonwealth, which expressly disclaims any responsibility for the content or accuracy of the Activity.


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