Collected episode nine - Anzac biscuits and secret cookbooks

It’s 100 years since the first recipe for what we know as Anzac biscuits was published in a cookbook. In Episode 9 of Collected, Louise Maher explores the history of these sweet treats, and discovers how prisoners of war shared recipes for dozens of different dishes as a secret survival strategy.

Presented by: Louise Maher

Produced by: Louise Maher


  • Dianne Rutherford, Curator Military Heraldry and Technology
  • Tracey Langner, Assistant Curator Private Records
  • Dr Blake Singley, Senior Curator Photographs Film and Sound

Original music: Andy Heaney – Vice Like Grip

Additional music: Caliko Kat

Collected - Stories from the Australian War Memorial