ANZAC podcasts: Women's stories of service and sacrifice


No matter where you are this ANZAC Day, you can tune in and listen to these podcasts. From interviews with military personnel to stories of women at war and conversations with modern veterans, this is your opportunity to reflect in your own time on those Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations across the world. 


How serving has shaped retired Brigadier Alison Creagh’s board journey and approach to governance

In this podcast, recorded on 11 November 2020, WOB founders Claire Braund and Ruth Medd, as well as WOBChat participants, talk to retired brigadier Alison Creagh about how serving has assisted her board career, her journey and her approach to governance. 

An experienced Chair, NED and adviser with a history of working with Veterans, Defence and Defence Industry, Cyber Security, the higher education sector and the sporting community Alison was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2020 for her work in the military but also for her "significant service to veterans and their families, and to rowing". SHe is currently Chair of SME Gateway.

  • Listen to Alison’s podcast HERE

Paths to Victory: Women’s Services 

This podcast is part of the series, Paths to Victory which explores some of the many paths Australian veterans took through World War II on the road to Victory in the Pacific. In this episode, social historian Dr Rebecca Fleming examines the stories of women’s service in Australia - from women working in intelligence, others as despatch riders, in munitions or helping in the assembly of aircraft and also volunteers. Dr Fleming discusses the role of the women’s services, both overseas and in Australia. Hear stories from those who contributed to the war effort in the Women’s Services in Australia.

  • Listen to Paths to Victory: Women’s Services HERE

Women in War Radio with Liz Hayes

From entertainer Little Patti and child evacuee Wendy James to homefront nurse Dorothy Clarke and Air Vice Marshal Tracy Smart AM, the Women in War series tells the untold stories of the vital roles played by women in wartime and highlights the enormous contribution they have made and continue to make. These 11 short pieces, recorded with veteran broadcaster Liz Hayes for International Women’s Day 2019, recognise the role of women in wartime and sacrifices during war and peacekeeping efforts.

  • Listen to Women in War HERE

Up Close - Conversations with Modern Veterans

This podcast series, presented by the Australian War Memorial, highlights our military history, telling stories of service and sacrifice, and helping us to better understand Australia’s wartime experience. 

Produced with Walkley Award-winning journalist Adam Shand, Up Close explores the lives of four veterans from modern conflicts.

Across the six episodes, Shand interviews Fred Campbell OAM, former Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer, Aunty Lorraine Hatton OAM, Quandamooka Elder of the Noonuccal and Ngughi tribes in South-East Queensland and Indigenous Elder for the Australian Army, David Nicolson, former Australian Army Trooper, and Dr Kim Morgan-Short, a former Royal Australian Air Force Reservist and a Director at the War Widows Guild, Queensland.

Australian War Memorial director, Matt Anderson, said: “Up Close is, as the name suggests, a way for Australians to understand what it means to join and work in the military. They are our veterans’ stories, in their words, up close and personal. The podcast allows us to gain a strong appreciation of the very human aspect of our Australian Defence Force. Listeners will hear, through raw conversations, the real stories, challenges, and rewards of military life.

“It has never been more important for Australians to have a variety of ways to connect with our military history, in addition to visiting the Memorial in person. Podcasts enable us to reach and engage with people all over Australia and the world.”

Over six episodes Shand gently peels back the fa├žade and takes a closer look at the person behind the service. Through the art of conversation, Up Close reveals the complex answers to a simple question. ‘What does it mean to be a veteran?’

  • Listen to the Up Close podcasts HERE
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