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Gallipoli history

  • Timelines

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    The timeline Australians at Gallipoli and at War enables you to quickly locate information and perspectives on significant dates in the history of Australian warfare, including 100 important events at Gallipoli, the role of the Australians in the Gallipoli campaign as well as Australia's involvement in war from 1901 to 2000. more ...

  • The Gallipoli landing

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    Historians still debate whether the Anzac troops were landed at the correct place. Why did the Allied commanders send Australian troops to land on a beach before rugged hills, ridges and steep gullies? What was the objective? What happened? Trace the events that led to the landing as well as first hand accounts. more ...

  • Bravery at Gallipoli

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    The Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery in battle in the old British Empire and Dominions,was awarded to eleven soldiers in the Anzac area of Gallipoli between April and December 1915. Discover how these eleven men earned the Victoria Cross for their extraordinary acts of courage. more ...

  • Nurses at Gallipoli

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    Read about the role of the nurses at Gallipoli in 1915, the conditions in which they worked on hospital ships and on the islands of Lemnos and Imbros, what they endured and their feelings about service. Look through the amazing photograph album of Private A W Savage which documents the life of the 3rd Australian General Hospital on Lemnos in 1915, a visual chronicle of life and death. more ...

  • Signaller Silas at Anzac

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    Among the original Australian infantry units at the Battle of the Landing from the evening of 25 April to 3 May was the 16th Battalion. Something of the battalion’s story from its raising in Western Australia in 1914 to the end of the battle was subsequently told by one of their own, the artist Signaller Ellis Silas, in his book Crusading at Anzac, A.D. 1915. more ...

  • Lemnos diary

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    On Gallipoli, Lance Corporal Archie Albert Barwick kept a diary, some of which may have been written in retrospect. This lasted from the landing of 25 April to the evacuation of his unit—the 1st Battalion, AIF—on the nights of 16-17 December 1915. Sections of his diary deal with his time on the island of Lemnos. more ...

Visiting Gallipoli today feature

Map of Anzac Walk

Tours of
Gallipoli

The ‘Anzac Walk’: 1-day guided tour

The ‘Anzac Walk’ is designed for the Australian visitor who has little time but can devote one day to explore the main area the ‘Anzacs’, held on Gallipoli from 25 April to 20 December 1915.

The Anzac Walk takes the visitor around 14 locations on the old Anzac battlefield of 1915 at Gallipoli.

Discover the stories of North Beach, Artillery Road, Lone Pine and the Nek as seen through the eyes of those who fought and died there. Feel the truth of the words of Australia’s official historian of the Gallipoli campaign, Charles Bean: The graves of Gallipoli, exquisitely maintained, where Anzac folk can walk amid thousands of names as familiar as those along Collins or Pitt Streets, do call for visitors. more ...

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The ‘Gallipoli Tour’: 3-day guided tour

The ‘Gallipoli Tour’ features 22 historical sites on the Gallipoli peninsula and the Asian shore of the Dardanelles providing an insight into the land and naval battles fought there between February 1915 and January 1916.

The intention of the tour is for visitors to Gallipoli to spend a day at Anzac, a day at Cape Helles and a day covering the fascinating Asian shore of the Straits from Çanakkale to Kumkale. Turkish, Australian, New Zealand, British and French sites are all covered in this short but comprehensive journey.more ...

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‘Turkish Monuments and Memorials’ Tour

Featured here are 10 monuments, memorials and locations on the Gallipoli peninsula and at Çanakkale which tell the story of the Turkish struggle in 1915 to defend the Dardanelles from seizure by the forces of the British Empire and France.

For the people of Turkey the ‘Battle of Çanakkale’, fought in 1915, is one of the most important events in the founding of the Republic of Turkey. The ‘Turkish Monuments and Memorials Tour’ includes the fortress at Kilitbahir Çanakkale Martyrs Memorial, the Kanlisirt and Atatürk Memorials, Seddülbahir Fort and Atatürk's house at Bigali. more ...

Special feature: war cemeteries & memorials at Gallipoli

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War grave sites

On the Gallipoli Peninsula today are 31 war cemeteries, 21 of which are in the Anzac area. There are a number of memorials to the missing, the largest of which are the Helles Memorial and the Lone Pine Memorial. On Chunuk Bair there is also the New Zealand National Memorial.

At the end of the Great War, the Allies returned to the Gallipoli Peninsula and cleared the battlefields of the bodies still unburied. In the nine months of the campaign more than 36,000 Commonwealth soldiers died and Australia suffered 26, 094 casualties. The 31 war cemeteries on the peninsula contain 22,000 graves, but only 9,000 of these were able to be identified. more ...

Other visiting highlights

Australian peace ambassadors

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In March 2008 four Australian women travelled to Turkey as the guests of Mrs Emine Erdoğan, wife of the Turkish Prime Minister Mr Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Professor Edibe Sözen, of the Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), to participate in a program of commemorative and cultural activities emphasising peace and international understanding. more ...

Anzac Day at Gallipoli

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Along with a general increase in tourism more young backpackers from Australia, New Zealand and Britain have begun to include the Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Park in their itinerary. Find out about the key events held at Gallipoli including the Anzac Day Services held each year at the Anzac Commemorative Site. more ...

Gallipoli today

  • Anzac Day at Gallipoli

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    Find out about the key events held at Gallipoli including the Anzac Day Services which are held each year and which since 2000 have been conducted at the Anzac Commemorative Site. more ...

  • War grave sites at Gallipoli

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    On the Gallipoli Peninsula today are 31 war cemeteries, and a number of memorials to the missing. The cemeteries contain 22,000 graves. However, only 9,000 of these are of identified burials with grave markers. more ...

  • Anzac Commemorative Site

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    The Anzac Commemorative Site is 300 metres north of Ari Burnu at North Beach. Explore the site and its Interpretive Panels, as well as how it was constructed, including interactive site plans. more ...

  • Gallipoli tour

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    Take guided audio tours of the whole Gallipoli region, including a tour of the Anzac Battlefields, a tour of Cape Helles, and an Asian shores tour including Çanakkale, Fort Dardanos and Kumkale. more ...

  • Turkish memorials

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    Take a tour of the the Turkish monuments and memorials at Gallipoli including those at Kilitbahir and Çanakkale, the Kanlisirt and Atatürk Memorials , Seddülbahir Fort and Atatürk's house at Bigali. more ...

Anzac Art, Images and Designs

  • The drawings of Major Hore

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    Hundred of soldiers in Gallipoli recorded their experiences in diaries and letters. Major Hore recorded his sense of Gallipoli in drawings using at different times ink, pencil, wash and watercolour. Hore's drawings reveal a personal view of Gallipoli through the eyes of a man sensitive to the beauty and drama of his surroundings and the tragedy of war. more ...

  • ‘Anzac’ - a national heirloom

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    In the collections of the National Archives of Australia there are many files dealing with applications to use the word ‘Anzac’ or to copyright material associated with Gallipoli and the remembrance of the campaign. Look at some of the applications that Australians made, from requests to name their children and homes 'Anzac' to using the word in songs, photographs, cards, designs and product names. more ...

  • Interactive plans - Commemorative Site

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    Explore the interactive site plans for the Anzac Commemorative Site created in Flash. The plans include elevation drawings, site and drainage plans and structural details. The new site, with its informal low stone walls, paths to the beach and information panels, will become a focal point for visitors to this heritage area of special significance to Australians and New Zealanders. more ...

  • ‘Anzac - the landing 1915’

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    View a selection of images of Gallipoli including scenes as they were when photographed in 1915 and as they appear today. There are detailed looks at two famous paintings depicting major events at Gallipoli – "Anzac, The Landing 1915" and "The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915". more ...