• ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by . 5 comments

    A couple of days after the landing on the 25th April 1915 the weather turned bitterly cold for the Anzacs dug in at Gallipoli. Having been blessed with the weather so far, the battlefield tour received a good dose of what it would have been like for the diggers in 1915. Most of us on the tour agree that we have just spent the coldest night of our lives camped out for the Dawn Service! We left the hotel at 12 am in order to arrive at Anzac Cove …

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  • The Ancient City

    Thursday 24 April 2008 by . 1 comments

    Homer described the location of the city of Troy as situated at the entrance of the Dardanelles. The Gallipoli campaign was fought a few kilometres from the site of the ancient city. The historical connections between the ancient and modern battlefields were not lost on the Australians fighting in this region. Many Anzacs found pieces of ancient pottery when tunnelling into the hills.The battlefield tour took the opportunity to walk through the …

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  • The first anniversary of Anzac Day

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by Pen Roberts. 2 comments

    For all Australians, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance and commemoration. Looking back to the landing at Gallipoli at dawn on 25th April 1915, what is extraordinary is the speed with which that day became known as Anzac Day in Australia. The event was so significant that within less than a year the Returned Services Association of New South Wales was raising funds for an Anzac Day Memorial, and the Queensland Department of Public …

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  • Memorial to the Bouvet

    Wednesday 23 April 2008 by .

    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 …

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  • 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 . 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 . 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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