Artefacts unearthed after years of research on the Gallipoli Peninsula can now be viewed in Victoria – the first time they have been outside Turkey.
Today, Minister for Veterans, John Eren, opened The ANZAC Battlefield – Landscape of War and Memory at the Shrine of Remembrance, an exhibition showcasing the discoveries of a painstaking nine-year archaeological operation.
As Victorians and people from all over the world prepare to mark the centenary anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, The ANZAC Battlefield – Landscape of War and Memory, is another opportunity to connect with the stories of World War 1.
From bullets and shrapnel to handmade bricks and even the iron keys to a discarded sardine can, the exhibition displays the discoveries recovered from the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli battlefield. It is a rare chance for generations today to track the memories of servicemen and women from Australia and all over the world who fought in the war that shaped our nation.
In addition, maps and engravings from the Mehmet Ugluru Print Collection and the Turkish Naval Forces Command, on loan from the University of Melbourne, offer visitors a unique geographical context. The university will soon publish a book exploring the history of Gallipoli and the Anzac artefacts.
The exhibition is just one of the many ANZAC Centenary initiatives the Andrews Labor Government is proud to promote, as Victorians prepare to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
An interactive roadshow, Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance, will tour the state and encourage audiences to discover their own wartime connections, while the Country Women’s Association’s Recipe for Remembrance combines Victoria’s love of Anzac biscuits with the commemoration of World War 1.
Victorians can also pay their respects at the Australian Turkish Friendship memorial, ride a specially-printed ANZAC Centenary tram, and savour the bright lights on the façade of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren
“It’s the first time these artefacts have been viewed outside Turkey, so it’s a privilege to have them here in Victoria on the eve of the ANZAC Centenary.”
“These artefacts help us paint a picture of the acts of heroism and courage that took place at Gallipoli, where daunting cliffs, rugged country and enemy soldiers proved a towering force.”
“I congratulate all who played a part in bringing this important exhibition to Victoria. The collaboration between the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish countries is further proof of the friendship our nations share.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020