Australian War Memorial Launches Gallipoli Traveling Exhibition

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

A remarkable series of photographs taken by a noted surgeon who served with the ANZAC Corps at Gallipoli in 1915 will be among the key features of a new exhibition that will travel throughout Australia this summer and fall.  “A Camera at Gallipoli” will feature 39 photographic images taken by Sir Charles Ryan in the Dardanelles during 1915 providing “a real insight into the dry forbidding landscape, exhausted troops in trenches, squalid dugouts, the horrendous task of burying the dead,” according to War Memorial Director Dr. Brendan Nelson.

The exhibition will be displayed in multiple formats – both framed images traveling to some 30 locations around Australia, as well as a digital version that will be accessible to the public in another 70 locations.

The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 saw the first major participation by troops from Australia and New Zealand in the First World War, and did much to shape national identity in the context of the war.  In addition to ANZAC soldiers, British, Indian, and French troops participated in the abortive campaign, the objective of which was to gain access to Constantinople with the hope of forcing the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

For more information on the Australian War Memorial’s traveling exhibition “A Camera at Gallipoli”, see The Daily Mail story here.