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The Road to Anzac Day, Gallipoli, 2009
- A photographic record of an Australian historical tour group visiting Gallipoli for Anzac Day, 25 April 2009. These photographs record what they saw, beginning in Istanbul on 20 April and ending in Gallipoli on Anzac Day, 25 April.
Australian Peace Ambassadors
- 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.
Turkish Monuments and Memorials
- There are dozens of memorials and historic sites on Gallipoli and along the Asiatic shore of the Dardanelles dedicated to the Turkish resistance. At these sites are powerful stories of courage, determination and sacrifice. Such places are a reminder that these qualities were not only to be found on the Allied side of the lines but were, and remain, a common inheritance of all peoples who have been involved in the tragedy of war.
- This section has now been translated into Turkish.
For Valour – The Victoria Cross and Anzac
- 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. Nine were gained by members of the Australian Imperial Force. Discover how these eleven men earned the Victoria Cross for their extraordinary acts of courage.
Signaller Ellis Silas at Anzac
- In 1914, after joining the 16th Battalion AIF in Perth, Western Australia, Ellis Silas began recording his experiences in a diary. It covered his training in WA, his voyage to and time in Egypt, his journey to Gallipoli, the early days of the campaign at Anzac, and finally, in mid-May 1915, his medical evacuation back to Egypt. He also compiled a book of sketches, illustrating his time at Gallipoli.
The Anzac Walk – your guided tour of Gallipoli
- 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’, Australian and New Zealand soldiers and others, held on Gallipoli from 25 April to 20 December 1915. Maps, historical information, photos and a 'take with you' audio commentary can be found here.
The 3rd AGH (Australian General Hospital) Lemnos Island, Greece, 1915
During the August offensives at Gallipoli, hundreds of casualties were evacuated to the 3rd AGH at Lemnos. The conditions for both patients and hospital staff were shocking.
11 August – Convoy arrived – about 400 – no equipment whatever … Just laid the men on the ground and gave them a drink. Very many badly shattered, nearly all stretcher cases … Tents were erected over them as quickly as possible … All we can do is feed them and dress their wounds … A good many died … It is just too awful – one could never describe the scenes – could only wish all I knew to be killed outright.
[Grace Wilson in Bassett, Guns and Brooches, p.46]
- Go to the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos section