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PhD Candidate, Research Assistant and Sessional Academic, Monash University

Leah Riches is a PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne. Her PhD thesis focuses on the commemoration of Anzac Day between 1955-1985 and is part of a larger Australian Research Council (ARC) funded grant to write a history of Anzac Day. The project is headed by Professor Bruce Scates at Monash University.

In 2011 she won the Australian Army History Unit’s CEW Bean Medal for Military History for her Honours thesis Remembering Fromelles, the first time the prize had been awarded to an Honours student. Leah has also been awarded scholarships at the Australian War Memorial and the Menzies Centre at Kings College in London.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate , Monash University
  • –present
    Sessional Academic, Deakin University
  • –present
    Sessional Academic, University of Newcastle


    Monash University, PhD Candidate
  • 2010 
    Deakin University, BA (Hons)
  • 2004 
    RMIT, Advanced Diploma


  • 2016
    The French Australian Review, "‘De l’ombre à la lumière’: Remembering Fromelles through a Century of Private Grief and Public Politics"
  • 2012
    History Compass, Anzac Day at Home and Abroad: Towards a History of Australia’s National Day

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association