• SBS to feature Beersheba on the news tonight

    Tuesday 29 April 2008 by Mal Booth.

    I realise this is short notice, but we just filmed a short segment on the charge at Beersheba (31 October 1917) in the exhibition this afternoon. It should run on SBS World News Australia, from 6.30 to 7.30 pm. It is being run in conjunction with a story about the dedication of the new Australian Light Horse Memorial at Beersheba by the Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Australian Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery in Israel on …

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  • Lambert and the Light Horse in Toowoomba

    Monday 28 April 2008 by Janda Gooding.

    The Lambert exhibition has just opened at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery and will be on show there until 25 May 2008. Toowoomba has a long relationship to the Australian Light Horse units so it is particularly appropriate that the opening should coincide with Anzac Day. Throughout his tours in Palestine and Gallipoli, George Lambert was guided by Light Horse veterans of key events such as the Gallipoli landing, Romani and Beersheba.…

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  • Farewell Turkey

    Monday 28 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 2 comments

    Our last morning in Turkey has finally arrived as we work out how to stuff everything into already bulging bags and spend our remaining lira. The final day yesterday included a visit to the beautiful Chora Church which features mosaics depicting the life of the Virgin Mary. Being a Sunday it was a little easier to get around Istanbul without the usual crazy traffic. We visited the mosque of Sulyman the …

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  • Another three days on the peninsula

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by Andrew Gray. 4 comments

    Wednesday - To Helles and back Following our exploration of the Anzac part of the Gallipoli campaign, we moved to Cape Helles to look at the battles that took place at the south of peninsula. A visit to the British Memorial reminded us of the significant naval presence and the huge number of British troops involved in the battles for Krithia. At the top of the cliff we looked down onto V Beach where the River Clyde beached and the British …

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  • The Landing, 25 April 1915

    Sunday 27 April 2008 by .

    Anzac Cove is the name given to this stretch of the west coast of the Turkish Peninsula where the Australians and New Zealanders made their landing on the 25 April 1915. The landing marked the start of an eight month campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The Anzacs under General Birdwood were to make the northern landing. Once ashore they were to press inland.The Battlefield tour took a boat trip yesterday to the coast where the Anzacs made their …

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  • 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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  • Aboriginal ANZACs

    Thursday 24 April 2008 by .

    There are only five known Aboriginal servicemen buried at Gallipoli, however, it is estimated that 500-800 Aboriginal diggers served in the First World War. Ethnicity was not recorded in the enlistment process and research into indigenous service can involve trawling across many different sources, sometimes we may never know who these servicemen were. Garth O'Connell, a fellow member of the battlefield tour, has been researching Aboriginal …

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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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