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Is the flame going out on Australia’s love-affair with Anzac Day?

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Thursday April 22, 2021

The fading relevance of past wars to younger Australians can help explain a big fall in the number of people attending Anzac Day dawn services in recent years, a university historian says.

Crowds at Anzac Day dawn services have reduced significantly in recent years (Photo: ABC)

Estimated crowds at dawn services fell by about 70 per cent between 2015 and 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research conducted by senior history lecturer at Flinders University Romain Fathi.

Fathi said the collapse in attendance wasn’t simply a product of commemorative…



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