UNSW Law Book Forum – ‘Anzac: The Landing, The Legend, The Law’
Is it ANZAC or Anzac? Are they Anzac biscuits or Anzac cookies? Why can I name my child Anzac, but not my business or home?
In her new book, Dr Catherine Bond examines the legal regulation of one of Australia and New Zealand’s most significant words and how, since 1916, use of this word has been controlled in both countries. Starting at the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April 1915, Catherine’s research maps how, within months of the landing, ‘Anzac’ became a sacred term within the Australian community but, at the same time, businesses both sought to trade on the ‘Anzac’ reputation and display patriotism by naming themselves, or their goods, ‘Anzac’. The government at the time, led by Prime Minister William Hughes, decided that restrictions on how ‘Anzac’ could be used in business should be introduced; but those restrictions did not stop at trade, and additional regulations prohibiting use of the term on homes, boats, vehicles and by charities were created. These laws had a devastating impact on soldiers and their families, but at the end of World War I, these restrictions continued as those in the community sought to rebuild their lives. This control continues today, though Catherine argues that there has been a relaxation of this control in recent times – and that the humble Anzac biscuit is partly responsible for this change.
Please join us at the UNSW Law Book Forum for Anzac: The Landing, The Legend, The Law, on Thursday 6 April, from 4:30-6:30pm in the Staff Common Room, Level 2, The Law Building, UNSW Sydney – Kensington campus.
At this author-meets-reader event, a panel including Professor Joan Beaumont (ANU) and Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (Sydney) will speak on Catherine’s work and the legal, constitutional, historical, social and political elements of this research. Copies of the book will be available to purchase from UNSW Bookshop during the forum.
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