The year 2015 marks 100 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed at a shore on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey, for a bloody, catastrophic and prolonged battle, which led to the deaths of more than 8,000 Anzacs. In the same battle, more than 70,000 Turkish soldiers lost their lives.
While the rhetoric surrounding Anzac Day is often associated with heroism, sacrificing freedoms and the birth of Australia’s national identity, for the Turks – including members of Australia’s 100,000-strong Turkish community – its meaning is more complicated.
This project examines what the legacy of the Anzac legend is for the Turkish-Australian community – told through the eyes of an Australian-Turkish journalist – returning to Gallipoli for the centenary commemorations.
This project is undertaken as part of a creative PhD thesis at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia.