• Three days on the peninsula

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 5 comments

    Day 1 Stepping on two continents It's great to see that the concept of quiet Sunday morning traffic exists in other places around the world. Leaving Istanbul was quick and simple, even though we got an idea of just how big a city of 16 million people can be. A drive through green countryside was very pleasant, noting the complete lack of fences and many shepherds with sheep and goats. The boy from Kingaroy has seen plenty of tractors in his …

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  • Stop Passerby

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    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. Stop Passerby!

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  • Anzac biscuits

    Tuesday 22 April 2008 by Anne-Marie Conde. 7 comments

    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 …

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  • Istanbul not Constantinople

    Sunday 20 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 6 comments

    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. But we are just your regular impressionable teenagers who are more likely to notice …

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  • The Old City

    Saturday 19 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk. 1 comments

    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. Egyptian obelisk at the Hippodrome(photograph by Rob Hegarty); Museum of Haghia Sophia (photograph by Rod Stewart) The Blue Mosque …

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  • Simpson Prize has arrived

    Saturday 19 April 2008 by Andrew Gray.

    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 …

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  • Images of the Light Horse (1)

    Friday 18 April 2008 by Mal Booth. 7 comments

    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. They had served in the battle for Fire Support Patrol…

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  • Albatros Upper Mainplane Repairs

    Thursday 17 April 2008 by Andrew Pearce. 2 comments

    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. Work has been underway to repair this damage and give the wing much of its original strength. The presence of pre existing repairs indicate that this damage took place prior to the last restoration. Although some damage …

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  • Dispatch from a Grandson

    Thursday 17 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    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. He later re-entered the war and served in the Palestine Campaign where he was awarded the Military Cross for "great determination, skill and coolness under fire." Rod will be blogging about his experiences on the tour. A view of the pontoon …

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  • Istanbul was Constantinople

    Wednesday 16 April 2008 by Robyn van Dyk.

    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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