Never Forget Australia

Six poignant stories from WWI that began a love affair between Australia and France

Produced by Alan McGirvan and Vicki Bennett, screenplay by Vicki Bennett.

Running time: 52 minutes.



Never Forget Australia stories:

The story of the French Orphan smuggled to Australia
‘Young Digger’ was a war orphan who was adopted by an airman then smuggled to England in an oat sack, then in a wicker basket to Australia.

How Two Pennies Rebuilt a School in France
The story of how a Victorian Aussie school boy worked hard to raise two pennies to help rebuild a destroyed school in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The Day We Stole the Tank from the Germans
The glorious day we stole the last surviving A7V Sturmpanzerwagen tank from under the German’s noses and took it home as a trophy. This is the riveting tale of the ‘Mephisto’ and how he came to rest in Brisbane.

Aboriginal Diggers on the Western Front
The story of how Australia’s indigenous soldiers – initially banned from enlisting in WWI – came to rest at Villers-Bretonneux and eventually recognised for their part in Australia’s war effort.

Monash the Master of Surprise
General John Monash contributed to the turning of the tide in WWI and lead to his on-field knighthood by King George V, the first such-dubbing in over 200 years.

Known Only to God
The story of the Unknown Soldier, one of those eleven thousand Anzac’s known only to God came home to Australia.

Anzac Day in Villers-Bretonneux
This is the story of a little part of Australia that lies in the middle of France. The small French village of Villers-Bretonneux has the largest Australian war memorial in Europe, with the names of fifty-eight thousand Anzac soldiers that died in World War. Every Anzac Day is a public holiday here and it is filled with little Australian stories, known and unknown, powerful and poignant.