ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: Sharing Victoria's Stories
WW1 service men and their dogs

Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI

Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI


Proudly brought to you by the Victorian Government as part of the Anzac Centenary and produced by Cultural Infusion.

Meet the fourth division ‘Messenger Dogs’ Nell, Trick and Bullet and see WWI through their eyes. Their tales are of courage, determination, endurance and mateship on the frontline working  alongside the Australian Imperial Force. Responsible for carrying messages from the front line back to headquarters their stories sometimes go unrecognised – but to those who served over a hundred years ago, and even those who serve today, dogs play an important role and not just as loyal companions.

WW1 soldier and dogs


Program Duration – 45 Minutes

Age Group – Prep – Year 6

Cost – Free

Performance Type – Puppet and actor theatrical performance

Number of Students – Minimum 40 and maximum of 100 (P-6) per performance and preference is to have a least two performances in the one location if possible

Location – Bookings will be taken for primary schools both in metropolitan and regional Victoria

Performance Space Requirements

Hall/gymnasium or classroom if possible on a ground floor close to vehicle access. The space should ideally be without a stage as the performance is designed for a flat space due its interactive components with the audience. A table and chair along with access to power is required for the audio visual technician. The performance company will bring all other equipment. At least 45 minutes is required either side of the performance for bump in and out.

Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI is produced by Cultural Infusion on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Cultural Infusion specialises in productions, projects and programs that act as a bridge to inter-cultural understanding.

Teacher Resource Kit for the Classroom

The performance is designed to introduce the topic of World War One to students. Introduce and continue the discussion in the classroom using our Classroom Resource Kit, which includes activity sheets suitable Primary school students. Download the kit below.

Messenger Dogs – Teacher Resources  

Messenger Dogs – Classroom Activities


Messenger Dog Stickers

Every student attending a performance will receive a special set of Messenger Dog Stickers.


“I would highly recommend the Messenger Dogs roadshow for all ages from Prep to grade 6. It was engaging, funny, emotional and thought provoking. The actors were professional and interacted well with both students and staff. Do yourself a favour and book it.” – Debbie McDermott, Blackburn Lake Primary School

“It was poignant, realistic without being frightening, funny and informative- everyone on our staff rated it highly. Students were totally engaged.” – Merrilyn Kelly, Birchip P-12 School

“The Messenger Dogs show was fantastic! Very engaging from Prep to grade 6 and one of the best shows we have had visit the school. Highly recommend the show to other schools!” – Sandra McCrum, Berwick Lodge Primary School

“The performance was captivating and educational. The puppetry was exceptional and we felt fortunate that the students of our school (which is remote) could participate in this dramatization.” – Joanne Rickard, Portland North Primary School


Call: 03 9651 2120