Each year on November 11 at 11am, we take a moments silence to remember those that have lost their lives or suffered during wars, conflicts and peace operations.

In 2019 the City of Boroondara launched the richly illustrated children’s publication Annie’s War by Lucy Bracey and illustrated by Gregory Mackay. It tells the story of a Boroondara family’s 1916 wartime experience and is based on real life letters between Annie Slade and her father, Edward Slade.

The book shines a light on Boroondara’s World War I experience and aims to give readers (especially younger readers) a deeper understanding of the lasting impact war has on the community.

Annie’s War was recently 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
Annie’s War also comes with a complementary activity resource pack created by Boroondara Arts aimed at Grades 3 to 6. For more information about this resource and how to use in the classroom, please contact Boroondara Arts on 9278 4770 or email [email protected]

Download the activity resource pack.

Borrow, download or listen to Annie’s War

Annie’s War by Lucy Bracey and illustrated by Gregory Mackay

Annie’s War eBook

Annie’s War audio read along

Annie’s War was made possible with funding from the Commonwealth Armistice Centenary Grant Program. 

More information

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