If you’re looking for something to buy your children as a memento of the ANZAC Centenary, The Last ANZAC by Gordon Winch is the perfect keepsake.
The Last ANZAC is based on a true story of a young boy’s visit to meet Alec Campbell, the last living ANZAC.
It was 2001 when the young boy, James, went to visit Alec in Tasmania. James found a new hero in Alec after learning about his experience, he was amazed by Alec’s braveness at the age of 16. Alec, who died in May 2002 at the age of 103, enlisted in 1915 when he was just 16. He had put his age up to 18 in order to be accepted by the army and agreed to fight at the front, wherever he was needed.
This book beautifully celebrates the ANZAC Centenary and Harriet Bailey’s research into the history behind The Great War is perfectly reflected in her illustrations. James was very fortunate to meet Alec Campbell the year before he died. This story gives us a special view of this humble and remarkable man as well as an appreciation for all of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought at Gallipoli, they were all heroes.