Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
Battlefield Tours Gallipoli

The first action by the Allies against the Ottomans began as a naval operation and occurred here on the Dardanelles. On the 18 March a large British and French fleet of 18 war ships advanced towards the Narrows, hoping to put the forts that defended the Dardanelles out of action, threaten Constantinople and open supply routes to Russia.The war operation began with preliminary bombardments of the Turkish forts in January and February 1915. The operation failed due to the impenetrable defences of this passage which included artillery and mines that were laid strategically in the narrows.

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Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 1 comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Gallipoli

On the journey from Istanbul to the Dardanelles the Battlefield tour noticed this striking memorial on the slopes of the Kilitbahir Plateau. In English it translates to:

Stop passerby

The ground you tread on, unawares,

Once witnessed the end of a generation.

Listen in this quiet earth

Beats the heart of a nation.

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Tuesday 22 April 2008 by Anne-Marie Conde. 7 comments.
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Every year, as ANZAC Day approaches, people become curious about ANZAC biscuits. Maybe it's because the thought of them is a delectable relief to the sombreness of that day and all that it represents.But it is easy to make mistakes about ANZAC biscuits, strangely enough. The biscuit that most of us know as the ANZAC biscuit is a sweet biscuit made from rolled oats and golden syrup. These must not be confused with that staple of soldiers' and sailors' rations for centuries, the hardtack biscuit.

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Sunday 20 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 6 comments.
News, Battlefield Tours Simpson Prize Winners

If we were sensible and thoughtful students, we would talk about the rich cultural experience we had today visiting the Blue Mosque, Topaki Palace, Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia. We would describe the centuries old Christian and Muslim history associated with these places, reflecting on the significant events and people that are part of Turkish history.

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Saturday 19 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. 1 comments.
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The tour has been visiting some of the famous sites of the old city including the Hippodrome, Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. These grand and glorious monuments tell us much of Istanbul's long history. This city is the former capital of three successive empires Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

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Saturday 19 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. No comments.
Battlefield Tours Simpson Prize Winners

Merhaba - after a marathon plane flight we made it. Istanbul is awesome – huge, fast- paced, chaotic and full of people. A cruise on the Bosphorus was a great way to experience the city from the relative calm of our boat. We saw many palaces and mosques, and noted that nearly everything has a Turkish flag. Amazing houses right on the water, just like the OC but older and more expensive. We also cruised Istiklal St, just down from the hotel, and managed to avoid getting run over by trams, cars, bikes and pedestrians – quite an achievement.

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My colleague Robyn Van Dyk and I have probably taken well over 1,200 people on guided tours of the Memorial's current special exhibition Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse. As ANZAC Day 2008 approaches it is interesting to reflect on which Light Horse images have  resonated most profoundly with our visitors. This week, I also took some veterans from the Vietnam War through the exhibition.

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Thursday 17 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments.
Aircraft 1914 - 1918, Collection, Conservation Aircraft Conservation

Upon removal of the fabric from the upper mainplane it was discovered that an extensive number of the ribs were damaged.

Shattered ribs in upper mainplane. Note timber reinforcing panels nailed to rib faces.

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Thursday 17 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
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It turns out that Rod Stewart, one of our fellow travellers on the tour, is also a fellow blogger. Rod's grandfather Edward John Howells served at Gallipoli where he was evacuated injured.

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Wednesday 16 April 2008 by Robyn Van Dyk. No comments.
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Reaching Constantinople (present day Istanbul) was the objective of the Dardanelles campaign in 1915. An objective that failed. The battlefield tour, however, managed to arrive safely at Istanbul airport in high spirits and only slightly crumpled from the long flight. We checked into the Marmara hotel to ‘freshen up' and in the afternoon we set off to cruise on the Bosphorus followed by a visit to the Egyptian Spice Market.

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