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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 ...

Teaching Gallipoli: featured resource

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Operation CLICK:
Anzac to Kokoda

Operation CLICK: Anzac to Kokoda is a classroom resource which draws on and encourages the use of this website, as well as the Australia’s War 1939–1945 website – www.ww2australia.gov.au

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The resource book and CD-ROM package contains lessons that can be used in many contexts in History, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) and Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE).

They were written by experienced history teachers with three aims in mind:

  • to provide both beginning and experienced teachers with lessons using the two websites as core resources.
  • to invite teachers to explore more effective ways of encouraging their students to incorporate ICT skills into their classroom learning activities
  • to provide exciting and original lessons that will encourage young Australians to learn more about Australia’s wartime heritage through the stories and images provided on the two websites.

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More teaching Gallipoli resources

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Educational resources

On these pages you will find a range of materials and suggestions that will enable teachers and students to explore Gallipoli and the Anzacs in their classrooms, including the Operation CLICK Resource kit. The Anzac legend and the events at Gallipoli form an important part of what it means to be an Australian. Why is this? How did these events come to mean what they do today? more ...

"The Anzacs" by Patsy Adam-Smith

Bibliography for teaching Gallipoli

Why did so many Australians volunteer to go and fight on the other side of the world? What was it like living in the trenches at Gallipoli, only a stone's throw from the enemy? Why were there almost 50 percent casualties at the first landing? How accurate was the 1981 movie, Gallipoli? Why do Australians commemorate Anzac Day?

These and many other questions are answered in the following books. If you are looking for the best histories of the Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli, here are some recommended titles. more ...

"The Story of Gallipoli" by Bill Gammage, David Williamson, Peter Weir

Links to other sites

Gallipoli and the Anzacs

We have made a wide selection of external links to other websites about Gallipoli and the Anzacs that will be of particular interest to teachers and students. You can find more paintings, photographs, articles and maps at these websites. They range from sites devoted to the soldiers who fought there to reviews of the 1981 movie Gallipoli. More quality sites on these topics will be added as they come to our notice. more ...

Other teaching information

Contact details

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If you would like to contact any of the three participants in the development of this project, you may do so from here. This Department of Veterans' Affairs website was created with the assistance of the Office of the Board of Studies New South Wales and the Office of Australian War Graves. more ...

Copyright warning

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Students and teachers are free to reproduce materials on this website for study purposes, but for any other uses you should contact the website manager first. Read the details here. 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 ...