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Gallipoli history

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...


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Interpretative Panels

Anzac Commemorative Site at North Beach on the Gallipoli Peninsula

As a focal point to enrich the experience of visitors, the Anzac Commemorative Site includes 10 large panels that tell the story of Gallipoli in 1915. Here you can view the photographs, read the text and investigate the history in more detail.

For a more 'printer friendly' version, go to the Educational Resources page in the Teaching section.

The panels

1: The Dardanelles

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Map of the Gallipoli Peninsula

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2: The landing

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Anzac, the landing, 1915 (detail) by George Lambert. (Australian War Memorial)

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3: Krithia

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The Charge of the 2nd Infantry Brigade (Australian) at Krithia (detail) by Charles Wheeler. (Australian War Memorial)

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4: Turkish counter-attack

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A Turkish officer is led blindfolded through the Anzac lines to discuss a truce to bury the Turkish dead after the attack of 19 May 1915. (Australian War Memorial H03952)

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5: Sick and wounded

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Stretcher bearers carrying wounded at Anzac. The soldier on the left is carrying filled water bottles up to the front line. (Australian War Memorial C01761)

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6: Lone Pine and the Nek

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The Charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915 (detail) by George Lambert. (Australian War Memorial)

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7: Chunuk Bair

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New Zealand soldiers rest in a trench during their assault towards Chunuk Bair on the night of 6 August 1915. (National Library of New Zealand, F58131)

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8: Evacuation

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Williams Pier, North Beach, Gallipoli, December 1915, with the Sphinx in the background. At this time the preparations for the evacuation of the Australian and New Zealand troops from Anzac were well under way. (Australian War Memorial C01621)

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9: Defence of Turkey

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Turkish artillery on Gallipoli. (Australian War Memorial A05287) Inset: Colonel Mustafa Kemal, one of the principal Turkish commanders at Gallipoli later known as Ataturk - "Father of the Turks". He was to become the first President of the Republic of Turkey. (Australian War Memorial A05319)

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10: Anzac

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An Australian officer visits a comrade's grave on Gallipoli. (Australian War Memorial G00149)

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Gallipoli today

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 have 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 ...