Simpson Prize 30 April
The intrepid Simpson Prize group have now returned to Australia after a very successful tour to Turkey. The final days of the trip were spent in Istanbul visiting the Dolmabache Palace, followed by a shopping frenzy in the Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar. Purchases varied from the predictable (Turkish Delight) to the exotic (belly dancing outfit) and many in the group launched into the spirit of haggling with great enthusiasm. On our last night we shared the farewell dinner with the Memorial's battlefield tour group, giving us the opportunity to formally thank our fabulous Turkish guide Guzin Sapmaz and bus driver Mehmet
Overall, the trip was a very successful one for the students and teachers. The tour brought together a diverse group of young Australians to share a common experience that I'm sure will stay with them for the rest of their lives. If previous Simpson Prize winners are a guide, this year's group will continue to participate in commemorative activities and help others understand the enduring impact of the Gallipoli campaign on Australia and Turkey.
Simpson Prize Tour Guide
Australian War Memorial