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The Anzac walk

Introduction

Language Version

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.

[Charles Bean, Gallipoli Mission, Sydney, 1990, p 346]

  1. North Beach
  2. Ari Burnu
  3. Anzac Cove
  4. Hell Spit
  5. Shrapnel Valley
  6. Brighton Beach
  7. Artillery Road
  8. Lone Pine
  9. Johnston's Jolly
  10. Quinn's Post
  11. Turkish Memorial
  12. The Nek
  13. Walker's Ridge
  14. Overlooking North Beach

Welcome

Welcome to an Anzac Walk. It 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. It was known as ‘Anzac’, or eventually ‘old Anzac’ once more territory to the north had been captured from the Turks after the so-called ‘August Offensive’ of 6–10 August 1915. ‘Old Anzac’ embraced a strip of scrub-covered treeless land deeply indented by steep valleys and eroded gullies about two kilometres long and under a kilometre deep at its widest point.

Contents

For the walk you will be provided with the following material to help you appreciate something of the experience of Australian soldiers here in 1915:

A commentary containing:
  • Instructions to guide you from the first point (1) on the walk at North Beach to the last (14) high up on Walker’s Ridge from which you can look back on your starting point hundreds of metres below and
  • Historical information relevant to each stopping point.
  • Visual material, mainly photographs, chosen to help you visualise something of what was going on in that vicinity between April and December 1915. Some of these images will provide a recognisable ‘then and now’ effect while others take you into the Anzac lifestyle, so to speak. Extended captions attempt to draw out the significance of each photograph.
  • Quotations, roughly two per stopping point, from those who were there. As this is a leisurely walk we suggest you take the time at each point to sit and read these short accounts of daily life and death on Gallipoli. They are the authentic voices of men who fought here and their stories are the very reason that keeps attracting so many Australians to Anzac.

Further Reading

Please be aware that the Anzac Walk is not an extensive guide to everything that happened at Anzac. Nor has it been devised to supplant detailed guidebooks which visitors are urged to consult. Two that we can recommend are:

  • Phil Taylor and Pam Cupper, Gallipoli: A Battlefield Guide, Kangaroo Press, 1989 (a second edition is currently available) and
  • Major and Mrs Holt’s Battlefield Guide to Gallipoli, Leo Cooper, 2000.

Click here to go to the bibliography section and a review of these two books

This walk is a brief ‘in situ’ introduction to a huge and fascinating subject for Australians. Of necessity, it has little to say about the thousands of others who fought at Anzac – New Zealanders, British, Nepalese, Indians – but it acknowledges their presence. It would like to have said a lot more, if time and space were available, about the most significant ‘others’ that the Australians met at Anzac – their Turkish enemies. It is hoped that other walks of this kind will be developed in the future to more fully embrace the many human stories of this beautiful but tragic landscape.