1945-49 BCOF (British Commonwealth Occupation Force - Japan)

Student Resources

  • Overview BCOF
    An overview of Australian involvement in BCOF
  • Anecdotes BCOF
    Six brief anecdotes from the period: The task of BCOF; Australian families; Accommodation 1947; Leave; Secret societies; Civilian crime; How were Japanese war brides received in Australia?
  • Interview Guide
    Practical suggestions for interviewing people about their war-related experience.


  • Where in the world?
    Students work out on a map where Australians have served in peace and war.

Annual ANZAC Day Ceremonies

The ANZAC Day Student Service

This solemn ceremony is conducted every year in Brisbane's ANZAC Square prior to ANZAC Day from 10am and noon approximately. The 2016 event took place on Thursday, the 21st day of April, and several thousand Queensland school students took part.

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service

Every year on the 25th day of April, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service starts at 04:28am sharp at Brisbane's Shrine of Remembrance, ANZAC Square, located between Ann and Adelaide Streets. All are welcome to attend.

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