The Story of Anzac Part One
I don’t typically post full comics but thought it worth sharing Ray Wenban’s The Story of Anzac as it’s long been out of print and isn’t currently available online.
The Story of ANZAC was part of an educational curriculum produced by the Schools Publishing House in Sydney, Australia, during the late 1950’s. Each album in the series depicted significant events in Australian history and biographical portraits over 28 pages of comics enclosed in sturdy card covers.
From the interior cover,
The Australian Children’s Pictorial Social Studies are the product of years of accumulated teaching experience in Australian schools.
The series are based on the Social Studies Curriculum of all Australian Education Departments.
Some of Australia’s best artists have been commissioned to translate this knowledge.
Careful attention has been given to the vocabulary used in each book and every effort made to grade the words and pictures to the child’s understanding.
Each book tells a complete story of some important part of Australia’s history.
Finally, our overall policy has been to fulfil the general basic aim of Social Studies teaching, namely, “…to increase the child’s understanding of Historical, Geographical, and Social forces that have shaped…Australia.”
Three series of books were produced from 1958 with the first series consisting of 25 volumes that featured the artwork of Ray Wenban, Arthur Hudson, Montague Wedd, John Bates, Denis Grafton, William Gill, Gwendoline Barr-Rice, and Zdenek Stodulka. Later volumes featured work by cartoonists Peter Chapman and John L. Curtis.