Friday 15 April 2011 by Stuart Baines. No comments
Battlefield Tours, Simpson Prize 2011

It is that time of year again when we draw closer to the most significant day of commemoration on the Australian calander, ANZAC Day. Two of the key places to remember the service and sacrifice of those who have served their country are the Australian War Memorial and ANZAC cove itself. These two ANZAC Day dawn services find prominent places on many Australians "to do" lists but only some will be lucky enough to tick both off their list.

The Memorial has long been a supporter of the Simpson Prize, the premier history essay writing competition for Australian secondary students in the country. Students from around the country write an essay answering a question about the ANZAC story and those lucky few winners, one from each state and territory, travel to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and then later on to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Day Dawn service. Accompanied by two teachers and guides from the Memorial, the students will spend time in Turkey understanding the people and the culture as well as walking the ground that Australians and Ottoman Turks fought over almost 100 years ago.  

As one of the two guides and the Education Manager here at the Memorial, I will be accompanying the students. I will be posting some photos, reflections and the odd story about this trip and hopefully I will be able to give you all a feel of just what this experience is like.

The flight out to Turkey is tomorrow night and I will post regularly, stay tuned...

Just a reminder that the student blog is at http://simpsonprize2011.wordpress.com/