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ANZAC DAY ARCHIVES 2003:
- ANZAC Week Goreme Cappadocia -
From the 27th of April to the 4th of May 2003, the town of Goreme in central Turkey played host to its first annual ANZAC week, culminating in a huge public party on the evening of the 4th. The celebrations kicked off with the unveiling of a new ANZAC memorial and water fountain in the newly-created ‘Peace Park’ in the centre of town.
- New pledge on Gallipoli -
A joint project between the cities of Albany and Gallipoli was proposed during the signing of a Friendship Agreement last week. Gallipoli Mayor Cihat Bingol said a monument to signify the friendship that would last forever should be decided on and built in time for the 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day.
- Blayney Shire on ANZAC Day -
Hundreds of Blayney Shire residents turned out on ANZAC Day to cheer on the dwindling numbers of returned service personnel and the growing numbers of friends and relatives who marched with them. Blayney township saw the largest number of spectators for many years, estimated by Blayney RSL president Neville Adams as over 500.
- ANZAC Day - We remember -
Record crowds turned out in the Hunter to honour those who have given their lives and those who have returned from wars since that infamous day in Gallipoli when the ANZAC legend was born. The 88th ANZAC Day commemorations were marked by a greater appreciation of war with Australian troops half way across the world in Iraq serving for our country.
- Strong crowds for ANZAC Day services in Wauchope -
Strong crowds attended the 2003 ANZAC Day services in Wauchope last Friday. Organisers of the event were ecstatic with the response from the public with better than expected crowds attending the dawn service and the morning service.
- Rain didn`t dampen ANZAC spirit -
Veterans and their families turned out despite the looming clouds for traditional ANZAC Day Services last Friday. The day began with dawn services and laying wreaths at Ulladulla Kendall Cottage.
- Large crowds at ANZAC Day services -
Ex-servicemen and women shouldered arms symbolically again on ANZAC Day to remember their comrades who served in Australia`s military campaigns past and present. From the Boer War to Iraq, Friday, April 25, was a day to remember for many veterans and their families in the Pambula-Merimbula-Wyndham area.
- ANZAC Day spirit stronger than ever -
From Blackheath to Glenbrook, large crowds turned out on Friday to commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. The lonely bugle cry of the last post at dawn services across the Mountains signalled the start to a busy day for local returned servicemen, who - along with other residents of the Mountains - paid their respects to those who didn`t make it home from battle in the many wars of the past century that have been fought by Australian troops.
- Big crowds turn out for ANZAC Day march -
The largest crowds seen for many years turned out in force to take part in this year`s ANZAC Day Ceremonies. Not only in Grenfell but across the whole Nation the number of people attending the ceremonies was far in excess of previous years.
- Big ANZAC Day crowds -
Forster Tuncurry`s ANZAC Day services "broke all records", with large crowds supporting the dawn and main services, and lining the streets to support the marchers despite the inclement weather. Forster Tuncurry RSL Sub Branch president Ted Tisdale said he was thrilled with the turnout, which is getting bigger and bigger each year.
- ANZAC tradition alive -
Record crowds braved the weather last Friday, to keep alive the ANZAC tradition at ANZAC Day services in Gloucester. Neil Wilson, President of the Gloucester RSL Sub-branch, said they were very fortunate that the rain stayed away with only a very light shower at the end of the service.
- ANZAC interest growing -
Perhaps it was the perfect weather. Perhaps it was the fact that Australian service men and women are currently on active duty. But perhaps the real reason why so many people attended ANZAC Day ceremonies on Friday was because everyday Australians regardless of their own family backgrounds are coming to recognise the achievements and sacrifice of all of those who served in the past.
- ANZAC DAY SPECIAL: EDITORIAL: -
ANZAC Day has become one of our most enduring commemorative public holidays. Its form and meaning has undergone change and elaboration. But it has maintained core elements in spite of changes in our society which have seen the significance of other anniversary days become blurred by controversy, self-interest and partisanship.
- Thousands attend ANZAC Day events -
Thousands gathered at ANZAC Day ceremonies across south-west Victoria yesterday to show gratitude for the deeds of fallen soldiers and troops who served their country. Many towns recorded their largest ever ANZAC Day crowds and younger generations figured prominently among the masses.
- PM Lays ANZAC Wreaths In London -
(NZ): The Prime Minister has taken part in a series of ANZAC Day commemorations during her trip to Europe. Helen Clark`s attended a wreath laying at the Gallipoli Memorial at St Paul`s Cathedral in London. She then went on to the ANZAC Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, where she laid a wreath on behalf of the New Zealand government. ...(more inside)
- 60 years on, Turks welcome ANZACs with open arms -
The Vegemite Cafe, ANZAC House Hostel, Downunder Bars galore – ANZAC descendents are big business in Gallipoli (Gelibolu). With New Zealanders and Australians making the pilgrimage each year, it`s not just the tourist dollar that makes the locals so warmly disposed towards their erstwhile invaders, insists ANZAC tourist guide and retired submarine captain Ali Efe.
- Gallipoli`s shadows -
ANZAC Day has never been what it used to be. For the first anniversary in 1916, clergymen fashioned ceremonies to deal with the grief of their parishioners.
A decade later, the desire to be non-denominational had turned commemorations secular, almost pagan some bishops feared. Those rituals have largely stuck.
- Young and old bear ANZAC torch -
It is a day that begins with tears, falling softly in the dark. There are stars overhead, a flickering eternal flame lighting the faces of those around, memories well up, and for those too young to remember the passing of a story that tells of the meaning of the words "greater love hath no man".
- 10,000 brave Gallipoli cold -
A 10,000-strong crowd of Australians and New Zealanders shivered through the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli yesterday, festooned in flags and bearing red poppies in remembrance of those who died in battle. Turkey drew a tight security cordon around ANZAC Cove, with a naval vessel patrolling offshore and military police stationed along roads ...(more inside)
- Record numbers honour our heroes -
The first ANZAC Day with Australians at war in more than 30 years saw record crowds at dawn services and marches across the nation and overseas. A fresh approach in opening Melbourne`s ANZAC events more to children and descendants saw numbers swell to about 13,500 – despite the loss of ageing World War II veterans.
- Thousands salute our Diggers -
Thousands of Territorians commemorated ANZAC Day yesterday, with many hearts and minds going out to friends and relatives on active duty overseas. More than 3000 people met at the Cenotaph on Darwin`s Esplanade yesterday for the traditional dawn service.
- Flame strong for WWI diggers -
Moments before yesterday`s ANZAC march, Sydney`s blustery skies opened up and threatened to rain on Marcel Caux`s parade. But when you`re 104 and marching for only the second time after the better part of a century, it seems the elements are on your side.
- Terror threats put aside in the true spirit of ANZAC Cove -
It was so typical of the ANZAC spirit. Despite warnings of terrorist attacks, they came to this strip of land known as Gallipoli. Yes, the numbers were significantly down – from 12,000 last year to about 6000 yesterday. The place was also crawling with police and soldiers.
- PM honours war heroes -
Prime Minister John Howard paid a special tribute to Australian forces serving in Iraq at yesterday`s national ANZAC Day services in Canberra. Under heavy skies, record crowds turned out in the nation`s capital to commemorate ANZAC Day, which Mr Howard called Australia`s greatest tradition.
- Fewer mourners visit Gallipoli as perils of times hit home -
Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders took part in an ANZAC Day dawn service in Turkey, where 88 years ago more than 10,000 troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps stormed ashore at Gallipoli. The numbers heading to the beaches in Turkey were well down on previous years, as fears of attack by Kurdish or Islamic militants following the US-led war on Iraq kept people away.
- Thousands line streets to honour ANZAC legend -
Some brought prams, others had walking frames and a few came straight from the pubs. It was a larger crowd for the ANZAC Day dawn service than last year, police estimated, with more than 15,000 surrounding the Martin Place Cenotaph by 4.30am, the hour that ANZAC troops landed at Gallipoli 88 years ago.
- Bravery honoured at Gallipoli -
In darkness, Australian backpackers, veterans and Turks gathered at ANZAC Cove for the traditional dawn service today. Amid the tightest security Gallipoli has ever seen for an ANZAC Day commemoration, Treasurer Peter Costello painted a picture of that fateful landing 88 years ago.
- Aim of war is peace: veteran -
Anti-War protesters needed to understand troops went to war with the aim of achieving peace, a war veteran said during ANZAC Day commemorations. World War II veteran Harold Sweeney, from Arncliffe in Sydney`s south, said war veterans and their families had received a wonderful reception today considering the strength of recent anti-war demonstrations over the US-led strike on Iraq.
- ANZAC thoughts turn to Iraq -
The ANZAC baton passed from the Gallipoli generation to a nation still at war, as it has been for a quarter of the past century. The resurgent ANZAC spirit was evident as over 100,000 Australians publicly commemorated the first ANZAC Day minus any of the "originals" who waded onto Turkish shores 88 years ago.
- Record ANZAC Day numbers in WA -
The hand of international friendship reached out at ANZAC ceremonies in Western Australia today, with attendances by Gallipoli`s mayor and also Cherie Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony. At dawn, more than 25,000 people turned out to the main service at the State War Memorial in Perth, while more than 30,000 went to the march through the city and the 11am service.
- Thousands mark ANZAC legend -
The ANZAC legend of courage, loyalty and mateship was celebrated across NSW today with tens of thousands of people gathering in towns and cities to mark ANZAC Day. As rain clouds cleared in Sydney this morning, more than 23,000 people took to the city`s streets for the annual march.
- Gallipoli goes off without trouble -
(NZ): Australians and New Zealanders were at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day remembering the special bond created 88 years ago. ANZACs formed the backbone of the 200,000, British-led army that swarmed ashore. Jim Anderton, Minister for Economic Development attended and spoke at the ceremony.
- Pilgrims honour Gallipoli sacrifice -
Ceremonies have been held to mark ANZAC Day in Gallipoli. Tributes were paid to the fallen heroes in a formal ceremony on the cove where Australian and New Zealand soldiers came to fight the Turks in 1915. The dawn service was attended by between 5,000 and 8,000 people.
- Aussies honour bravery at ANZAC Cove -
With light about to break, the young men half a world away from home were gripped by nerves and fear and exhilaration as their boats beached at Gallipoli.
But they could not have imagined the wretched months that lay ahead, the death of their comrades and the suffering. ...(more inside)
- Thousands turn out for dawn ANZAC service in Sydney -
In every Australian city and town, big and small, there will be similar commemorations today as Australians remember Gallipoli, 88 years ago, and those who sacrificed in all wars before and since, a total of 102, 624 Australian dead, and more than twice that number wounded.
- High security at Gallipoli -
Thousands of Australians will gather amid unprecedented security at ANZAC Cove today to honour the Gallipoli fallen in the shadow of the Iraq conflict and the ongoing war on terror. Australians will be forced to undergo tough security screening to enter the ceremonies, with personal searches and bans on large backpacks ordered by Turkish authorities. ...(more inside)
- ANZAC services draw crowds -
Tens of thousands of people have gathered for annual commemorative ceremonies across Australia. In one of the biggest turnouts in years, up to 20,000 people gathered for the traditional dawn service at Melbourne`s Shrine of Remembrance, while thousands packed Martin Place in Sydney.
- The Last ANZAC -
(NZ): Tomorrows Masterton ANZAC Day service to remember the fallen will take place as always beneath the gaze of the Last ANZAC statue atop the war memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.
- Turkey blames Australia for poor numbers -
Five thousand people are expected to gather tomorrow under tight security at the place where so many Allied soldiers died almost a century ago. But tour operators say this is well down on last year`s numbers, when three times as many people attended the ANZAC Day service.
- 8000 attend ANZAC ceremonies -
Tourists and Australian officials said they were satisfied with Turkish security arrangements on the first day of ceremonies at Gallipoli. Up to 8000 people attended today`s ceremonies on the beach where Allied forces landed 88 years ago in a bloody battle against the German-allied Ottoman Empire. ...(more inside)
- ANZAC Day to mark end of generation -
Australians on Friday celebrate an ANZAC Day unlike any other - their first without a survivor of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign that started a national tradition. The death in May last year of 103-year-old Tasmanian Alec Campbell is a poignant reminder that Australia`s World War I generation is all but gone.
- Embassy asks ANZAC pilgrims to check in -
The Australian ambassador to Turkey says the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli will not be ruined by stringent security measures. Alcohol, backpacks and camping equipment will be banned at this year`s service. All Australians travelling to Gallipoli are being asked to register with the Australian embassy. ...(more inside)
- Memorial turns tent embassy away from ANZAC ceremony -
The Australian War Memorial in Canberra has turned down a request for members of the Aboriginal tent embassy to participate in tomorrow`s ANZAC Day wreath laying ceremony.
- Turkish envoy attacks Gallipoli travel warnings -
Turkey`s ambassador to Australia lashed out today at official advice warning Australian travellers to be wary of security threats during ANZAC Day ceremonies at Gallipoli. Ambassador Tansu Okandan said his country had already boosted security arrangements at ANZAC Cove in response to Australian concerns. ...(more inside)
- PM monitors safety of Gallipoli -
Prime Minister John Howard said he was in regular touch with ASIO over the safety of Australians going to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day amid reports of possible terrorist attacks. Mr Howard said the government would tell Australians if the security situation changed... ..."I`m not going to ask people not to go to Gallipoli," Mr Howard said.
- Australia plays down ANZAC fears -
The Australian government says Australians should not cancel plans to travel to Turkey for the annual ANZAC Day commemmorations. Turkish authorities however have warned that Al Qaeda terrorists are plotting to assasinate officials from various countries, including Australia, at ceremonies planned for Gallipoli.
- Lest we forget our Diggers -
The bugles will once again sound at ANZAC Day services throughout the region this Friday, April 26. This year Tanunda`s Garden of Remembrance will again pay a special tribute to local service personnel no longer with us, through a field of crosses planted by Tanunda RSL members and local schoolchildren.
- ANZAC pilgrims urged to be cautious -
The Federal Opposition today called for Australians planning an ANZAC Day pilgrimage to Gallipoli to heed travel warnings after reports of possible terrorist strikes in Turkey. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is closely monitoring intelligence on Turkey following news reports the Turkish Security Agency has issued warnings of possible attacks.
- Museum exhibit explores Gallipoli youth pilgrimage -
Australia`s National Museum wants to hear from young backpackers who have visited Gallipoli on ANZAC Day for an exhibit exploring the reasons behind their pilgrimage. Guy Hansen, the Canberra museum`s curator, said he wanted to explore the "new phenomenon" saying it had changed how ANZAC Day and diggers were celebrated.
- Australian pilgrims arrive at Gallipoli -
Many young Australians have disregarded concerns about travelling in and around Iraq and made the journey to neighbouring Turkey for Friday`s ANZAC Day events at Gallipoli. Turkish authorities are increasing security at Gallipoli, amid concerns that Australia`s involvement in the war in Iraq could make ANZAC Day events a target for terrorists.
- ANZAC DAY SPECIAL: Young giving ANZAC Day a boost -
Thousands of Cantabrians, including an increasing number of young people, are expected to turn out for ANZAC Day services throughout the region on Friday. Christchurch RSA president John Suttie said that in recent years record numbers of young people were turning up for ANZAC Day services in Canterbury. And this trend has also been noted by the organisers of other services throughout the region.
- Jan Wositzky performs at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day -
This year, Australian storyteller and singer Jan (Yarn) Wositzky takes his
solo show, LEST WE FORGET, to Gallipoli, Turkey - possibly the first
Australian to do such a thing. LEST WE FORGET (In Turkish: Hic unutmayacagiz) is certainly the first show to bring the Turkish and Australian stories together on the one stage.
- ANZAC guests at Kaiuku Marae -
Kaiuku Marae on Mahia Peninsula will host distinguished guests from Australia and New Zealand this ANZAC Day. The New Zealand Defence Force will be represented by Group Captain John Duxfield, RNZAF, and the Australian High Commission by Colonel Brian Hall.
- Spirit of ANZACs -
Dubbo will be well represented at New Zealand`s ANZAC Day celebrations. Three local girls have been included in the NSW Youth Tour as ambassadors for Australia during this week`s celebrations. Tahnee Clifford, Symone Hannam and Jaimee Shuttle left Australia at the weekend headed for Auckland, along with 28 other Australian youth.
- Join in ANZAC Day commemorations -
The Redlands RSL Sub Branch has invited the entire community to take part in this year`s ANZAC Day commemorations this Friday. Special morning services will be held at the Cleveland, Redland Bay, Russell Island and Macleay Island cenotaphs.
- Four young Turks learn of wildlife -
Four young Turkish professionals in Townsville as part of Rotary International`s Group Study Exchange enjoyed cuddling koalas and wombats, feeding kangaroos, and learning about the Great Barrier Reef yesterday.... ...He said one of the highlights for the group while in Townsville would be to attend ANZAC Day this Friday. ...(more inside)
- Turkey beefs up Gallipoli security -
Authorities in Turkey are erecting security checkpoints and sealing off some areas at Gallipoli as ANZAC Day approaches. Australian officials are warning travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in Gallipoli and throughout Turkey.
- Final march for Digger`s uniform -
When Frank Jameson stamps to attention at the end of the ANZAC Day march he`ll be banging his shiny brown boots down for the last time in 60 years. At a fighting fit 83, Frank has done more than keep his trim World War II waistline -- he`s preserved his uniform too.
- State marches on without WWI vets -
As the sun comes up this ANZAC Day on Friday, Queenslanders will be faced with an unprecedented and sobering reality. For the first time, the war which encapsulated the legend of the ANZAC will be without any representatives at this year`s parades.
- PM home for ANZAC Day -
While Defence Minister Robert Hill spends ANZAC Day in the Middle East with Australian troops, Treasurer Peter Costello will make his first official visit to Gallipoli. John Howard is staying home and planning to attend Remembrance ceremonies in Canberra.
- NZ remains part of ANZAC, but the link is fading -
Australia and New Zealand are increasingly going their own ways on security issues... ...The "NZ", however, still remains part of ANZAC. The acronym came into use in 1915 to describe the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, which was formed in Egypt and went into action on April 25, 1915, at what became known as ANZAC Cove.
- Saints will march on ANZAC Day -
Koroit footballers and netballers will pay tribute to Australia`s service personnel in an historic ANZAC Day commemoration on Friday. For the first time, about 60 of the town`s footballers and netballers will participate in the ANZAC Day march, ahead of a blockbuster Hampden league encounter with Warrnambool at Koroit`s Victoria Park.
- Marching for proud old Digger -
When Dallas Bridge joins the ranks of war veterans in the ANZAC Day march on Friday, it will be with bittersweet pride. It was something he expected but struggles to accept – to take the place of his famous grandfather, Eric Abraham, who was Australia`s oldest Digger when he died last month aged 104.
- War widows buoyed by support for event -
Almost 200 people attended the first anniversary of the Albury and District War Widows Guild Club memorial service on Thursday. Crosses were placed in the field of remembrance... ...“We are hoping the service will get bigger over time and remain as a symbolic lead-up to ANZAC Day,” Mrs Widdison said.
- March gets in the swing -
It seems there are almost as many war veterans in Lightning Ridge as precious opals lying undiscovered in its arid landscape. What the place is short of is musicians. The town of 500 residents boasts 60 veterans who take part in local celebrations on ANZAC Day.
- ANZAC House launched new office in Istanbul -
ANZAC House Youth Hostel launched today its new "Hassle Free" Travel Agency in Istanbul - Sultanahmet, Akbiyik Caddesi, opposite Orient Hostel. Hassle Free Travel Agency has almost 17 years experience in organising tours of the Gallipoli battlefields and the ancient city of Troy.
- In the footsteps of the last ANZAC -
For Angie Claridge visiting ANZAC Cove means grasping her heritage. Angie, great-granddaughter of Alec Campbell, the last original ANZAC, leaves today for a pilgrimage to Gallipoli nearly a year after the digger`s death severed the last direct link with the World War I campaign.
- Statue`s rifle smashed in daylight attack -
A week before one of the RSL`s biggest days of the year, Anzac Day, a vandal has smashed the rifle on the Warrnambool War Memorial statue. The marble rifle, valued at between $4000 and $5000, was broken into dozens of pieces yesterday afternoon, leaving RSL members and police angry and seeking answers ...(more inside)
- Remembering the fallen -
ANZAC Day has experienced a resurgence in interest in recent times, with the younger generation keen to reconnect with the past in search of identity and their place in the world. Errol Kiong talks to an old soldier who served in the Vietnam war and has been actively involved in ANZAC and Poppy Day celebrations for nearly 10 years.
- Told at last: a soldier`s tale -
"Mad" Harry Murray, Australia`s most decorated soldier, never attended an ANZAC Day march. He almost certainly never wore his medals, at least not all of them together, in all their glory.
- Ken salutes grandson as he continues the tradition -
When Richmond`s Ken Luscombe was one of the first from our district to sign up at the start of World War II, it was because "someone had to". His uncles fought in WWI and he didn`t want to see their efforts wasted. What he never expected after those horrific years was to send his grandson off to a danger zone... ...
- At the going down of the sun -
The beach looked small and rocky. This wasn`t a holiday beach. This was no Smith`s Beach or Middleton Beach. This was a hard, uncompromising beach, with no surf or sand dunes and although this beach had the same curve, there was no niceness, just a narrow strip with chalk dunes that rose into huge inaccessible clay, red brown cliffs.
- Beaufort unveilingan honour -
The commemoration of the reconstruction of the only complete Beaufort Bomber in existence, A9-557, was an exciting event for Alan Ness who travelled from Wagin to Canberra to take part in this historic unveiling.ANZAC Day will have special memories for Alan, fresh from his trip which coincided with the 82nd anniversary of the RAAF.
- Students pay ANZAC tribute -
More than 1,000 school students gathered in Brisbane today to commemorate ANZAC Day. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said the schools` ANZAC Day remembrance ceremony had extra significance because of Australia`s involvement in the war in Iraq ...(more inside)
- Remembering ANZAC -
Children from Boolaroo Public School were busy creating artworks to commemorate ANZAC Day before heading off on Easter holidays. The students coloured in Australian flags to create a mural and had them judged by members of the Speers Point/Boolaroo RSL sub-branch. ...(more inside)
- Program for ANZAC Day -
Grenfell Sub Branch Returned and Services League of Australia commemoration of ANZAC Day, Friday April 25, 2003. There will be a slight change to the ANZAC Day programme this year, the changes will only affect the venue for the Dawn Service breakfast and the assembly point for the March.
- Big crowd expected for ANZAC dawn ceremony -
(NZ): More than 2000 people are again expected to descend on Waikumete Cemetery this ANZAC Day to participate in the City’s increasingly popular candle-lit dawn ceremony.
- Fears for ANZAC Day -
(NZ): With trouble still brewing in the Middle East, attention is now falling on the annual commemorations at Gallipoli. In the past ANZAC ceremonies have attracted as many as 15,000 New Zealanders and Australians. This year about 5000 have made plans to travel to ANZAC Cove in Turkey.
- ANZAC sand symbolic of sacrifice -
To Mark Fletcher, every grain of Gallipoli sand is precious. For the grandson of a Gallipoli veteran of the same name, the sand from ANZAC Cove is a tangible symbol of the sacrifice made by hundreds of soldiers who put their lives on the line for their country.
- ANZAC service and doves for peace -
Barrington Public School have held their ANZAC celebrations and turned their thoughts to peace before the school holidays. A traditional ANZAC commemoration service was attended by students, parents and visitors and held around the school`s flagpole in the afternoon.
- Service remembered at Mount George -
Mount George will have its first ANZAC march this weekend to celebrate the unveiling of a special tribute to honour the many residents who served their country in conflicts across the world. This Sunday will see the Mount George and Upper Manning community unveil an honour roll in the Mount George School of Arts Hall.
- ANZAC services to be held all over the district -
(NZ): Kaipara residents will be able to commemorate the wartime sacrifices by local servicepeople at five locations on ANZAC Day, April 25. Dargaville will again hold two services, beginning with a Dawn Parade at the Services cemetery starting at 5.45am. This will be followed by a Civic Service in the War Memorial Hall at 10.30, for which the public is asked to be seated by 10.15am.
- Govt to protect word ANZAC -
Australia and New Zealand want the word ANZAC protected so that
it cannot be used as a trademark. Both governments are making a joint application to the World Intellectual Property Organisation to control the use of the word ANZAC. ...(more inside)
- Costello Gallipoli visit `a privilege` -
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello said today he was privileged to be able to go to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day. Mr Costello said he had never been before but he particularly wanted to go to Gallipoli at a time of war.
- All will remember -
The levelling of ground and laying of pavers has been completed around the Taree War Memorial in Fotheringham Park, giving safer access to elderly veterans, people with disabilities and the general public. It has been completed in time for the ANZAC Day ceremony at the Memorial Clock, which this year will be held on the newly laid turf near the columns identifying those from the 2430 postcode who were enlisted for war.
- War print sale to aid kids -
ANZAC Day will be an especially memorable moment for children of Redland Special School with a limited-edition Vietnam War art print to be auctioned off to raise funds for the school. The print of the painting "Dustoff" by Vietnam veteran and artist Brian Wood of Cleveland has been donated by Mick Meehan, Lionel Corrie and Boris Kutschkin, of Special Kids.
- Iraq to dominate issues in Clark trip to Europe -
Conflict in Iraq will dominate Prime Minister Helen Clark`s visit to Europe this month, even if it was not the original purpose of the 12-day trip... ...Miss Clark will visit the battlefields of Belgium and northern France, where thousands of New Zealand soldiers were killed in the 1914-1918 war. She will attend ANZAC commemorations in London – at St Paul`s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey on ANZAC Day – then in Belgium, and northern France. ...(more inside)
- Biography pays tribute to last ANZAC -
The official biography of Australia`s last ANZAC has been officially launched in Hobart. Alec Campbell died last May at the age of 103. Historian Jonathan King was a close friend of Mr Campbell and has called the biography Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing - The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell.
- Cuts put band`s future in doubt -
A proposed cut to Hastings Council funding to the area`s only concert marching band would spell disaster for Port Macquarie Hastings Municipal Band... ...Boasting 30 registered seniors, the band played 32 gigs last year from ANZAC Day to agricultural shows and parades.
- The other side at ANZAC Cove -
The authors of a new book on Gallipoli regard the campaign from the Turkish perspective. In the process they challenge conventional thinking about what it means in history. Hatice Hurmuz Basarin put a troubling question to the audience at the launch yesterday of her book on Gallipoli: given today`s deep affinity between Turks and Australians, when could we expect a similar friendship between Australian and Iraqi people?
- Former POW ready for `last hurrah` -
When Fred Lasslett was called up to join the navy in the early days of World War II, he felt excited, thinking it would be a chance to see the world. He says today that the reality of being in a war zone never crossed his mind... ..."I`ve always wanted to go to Gallipoli, especially for ANZAC Day. They reckon the atmosphere - particularly the dawn service - is electric," he said.
- Students remember ANZAC sacrifices -
New Town Primary School made certain its traditional ANZAC Day school service went ahead despite ANZAC Day falling in the school holidays. Nearly 300 students attended a moving ceremony at the school yesterday - two weeks before ANZAC Day - which included singing by the school choir, readings by RSL representatives and flower laying by students.
- School bid to cancel ANZAC Day -
A Perth principal who tried to cancel the school`s traditional ANZAC Day ceremony yesterday defended his decision, saying he thought a formal service might traumatise students from war-torn countries. Koondoola Primary School principal Rudy Rybarczyk had decided it was not appropriate to have an ANZAC Day service given the ethnic diversity of the students.
- NZ quick to downgrade Middle East travel warning -
The New Zealand foreign affairs and trade ministry has already downgraded its warning on travel to parts of the Middle East. The ministry said that while war in Iraq made travelling to the region dangerous, it had reduced the level of risk for trips to Bahrain, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. ...(more inside)
- Concerns aired over National Service medals delay -
The Federal Member for Bass, Michelle O`Byrne, says many people are disappointed they will not get their National Service medals in time to wear them on ANZAC Day. Ms O`Byrne says the Department of Defence has been slow in responding to applications, and estimates thousands of people are still waiting.
- Police launch holiday road safety crackdown -
Police have already started a high visibility operation on the region`s roads in a bid to prevent any accidents on the Pacific Highway during the holidays. Operation North Roads began last Friday, and the state-wide Operation Tortoise starts next Thursday and continues during the Easter weekend and ANZAC Day.
- Vic trading laws change again-
The latest in a series of State Government backflips over Easter trading laws has been blamed on the former Kennett administration. The Bracks` Government last night introduced legislation allowing service stations and pharmacy chains to operate on Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day.
- Entries still open for Lest We Forget Run -
Entries are still open for the Redland Lest We Forget run/walk on Sunday April 27 are still open. The special event is happening around Australia and the Redlands Lest We Forget run will be held at Cleveland at 8.55am. The Lest We Forget Run is a five-mile/eight-kilometre event, in recognition of the distance the ANZACs were required to conquer upon landing at Gallipoli.
-School moved to ban ANZAC service -
A northern suburbs primary school will be forced to hold an ANZAC Day service, despite the principal`s move to ban the event because it might offend Arab students. Koondoola Primary School is understood to have cancelled the annual ceremony over concerns that the event could be seen as insensitive to some students.
- Alcohol banned at Gallipoli ANZAC Day -
Australians have been banned from drinking or camping on the Gallipoli Peninsula on ANZAC Day, and are being urged to respect "Muslim sensitivities" when in Turkey. ...(more inside)
- ANZAC travellers warned of threat -
Travellers going to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day ceremonies will encounter tough new security measures, including random searches and bans on backpacks and camping gear, to prevent terrorist attacks. In light of the war in Iraq, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned people planning to attend the commemorations to exercise extreme caution in Turkey, particularly in public areas frequented by foreigners.
- Battle of Britain pilot still takes to the sky -
Piloting an aircraft is still Victor Pochorecki`s great passion. A WWII veteran who lost part of his back and seven ribs after he was shot down over Europe, he still holds a pilot`s licence and flies... ...He will join Melton RSL members for an ANZAC Day march on April 25. ...(more inside)
- Visit to cement ANZAC ties -
Albany will strengthen its claim as the ANZAC capital of Australia with the visit of the Mayor of Gallipoli. Cihat Bingol will take part in a formal ceremony on ANZAC Day to sign and finalise a Friendship Agreement between Albany and Gallipoli.
- Guyra Central School News -
One aspect of the Guyra Festival being held over the ANZAC Day weekend is the celebration of 120 years of public education at Guyra. The school is involved in a variety of ways including the presentation of musical and dance items on the Saturday morning including busking, presentation of displays of student work in shop front windows, a P&C barbecue on the Saturday and the Lest We Forget run on the Sunday
- Gallipoli terror attack warning -
Australian backpackers will be barred from carrying their packs to ANZAC Day ceremonies at Gallipoli under tough new security rules to prevent terrorist attacks. The Federal Government today issued a formal warning to Australians planning an ANZAC Day pilgrimage to Gallipoli to beware of possible terror strikes. ...(more inside)
- Urgent call for blood as weekends loom -
With Easter and ANZAC Day holidays falling on consecutive weekends, the New Zealand Blood Service faces a race against time. The service says it struggles to get donors before any holiday season.
- Holiday road blitz -
Police have promised to "saturate" North Queensland roads during the Easter and school holiday period next week. Regional traffic co-ordinator Inspector Brian Richardson said North Queenslanders could expect to see more police on roads as part of their yearly Easter road safety campaign... ..."We are going to have increased presence on the roads because during that time there is ANZAC Day and the school holidays," he said.
- ANZACs will be remembered -
Donkeys and military vehicles will play a part in this years Hamilton ANZAC Day commemorations. There will be a 6am Dawn Service and a Civic Service at 10am at the Memorial Park Cenotaph, Memorial Drive.
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- Funds to assist war victims -
Proceeds from lot one of the Penfolds Barossa Rare Wine Auction will be donated to charity organisation Legacy. The auction, which will be held on ANZAC Day, will have added meaning with Australian troops overseas involved in an international conflict. The wine will be a rare bottle of 1915 Seppelt Para Liqueur Tawny Port, to commemorate the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli which took place in the same year.
- Big festival planned -
This year`s Fairbridge Festival is sure to be bigger and better than ever, with about 120 artists giving more than 300 performances during the ANZAC Day long weekend. The 11th annual festival is the Mecca for WA lovers of folk, world, blues and roots music.
- Senior citizens centre reopens -
The Walter T Grant Memorial Centre opened its doors again yesterday after finally securing public liability insurance. "It was a victory for commonsense," the centre`s Senior Citizens Incorporated group president Reg Ferguson said... ...The group`s main concern was getting senior citizens back into the hall to make an ANZAC Day tribute.
- NZ music to be played at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day -
Haunting music written by a Cantabrian will soar over the hills of Gallipoli on ANZAC Day. Army musician Sergeant Dwayne Bloomfield`s composition, Behold the Narrow Hills, will be played between midnight and the official start of dawn services at the sacred site. It will also be played on ANZAC Day at London`s Westminster Abbey by the New Zealand National Youth Brass Band.
- Only 19 days to go! -
On Sunday 27th April 2003 people all across Australia will participate in Australia`s largest fun run. Many will run in memory of a great Australian. You can participate in this National Event by selecting your location and registering online. If your town isn`t registered yet, don`t hesitate to contact www.lestweforget.com.au to get started. The ANZAC Spirit will be remembered in this special walk/run around Australia - including the Redlands - on Sunday, April 27. The Redlands Lest We Forget run will be held at Cleveland at 8.55am.
- Gallipoli security tight -
Security will be tightened for Australians making the annual pilgrimage to Gallipoli this month, says Australia`s Foreign Office. Up to 20,000 Australians and New Zealanders usually flock to Gallipoli on April 25 for a dawn service to commemorate ANZAC Day. ...(more inside)
- Council defends tomb of Unknown Warrior decision -
(NZ): Wellington City Council has defended plans to build a Tomb Of The Unknown Warrior on the steps of the National War Memorial. Proposed by Prime Minister Helen Clark, the project was given a non-notified resource consent by the council on Friday. It has been criticised by the Professional Historians Association as "a major, irreversible alteration to a place of great national significance".
- Costello to make Gallipoli trip -
Treasurer Peter Costello is planning an ANZAC Day pilgrimage to Gallipoli this year despite heightened security fears because of the war on Iraq. A spokesman for the treasurer said Mr Costello planned to represent the Australian government at the Gallipoli dawn service, as long as security concerns allowed it.
- ANZAC Day memorial events at Auckland Museum -
Auckland Museum will open its war memorial galleries to the public after the 5.30am dawn service this year. The galleries will remain open until 8am, then close until after the 11am service, when the Museum will reopen to the public. This is the first time that the Museum has opened its war memorial galleries to dawn parade participants.
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- PM to help draft peace plan -
Prime Minister John Howard will travel to Washington after ANZAC Day to negotiate administrative arrangements for post-war Iraq. But Mr Howard yesterday stressed it was premature to be talking about victory... ..."I wouldn`t want to be out of Australia around ANZAC Day so I don`t see myself going in the next week or two," he said.
- BRITAIN: Australians to protest against war on ANZAC Day -
London — Australians Against the War (AATW) held its first formal meeting on March 30, attended by about 20 Australians living in London. The meeting flowed from the group`s prominent participation in the 500,000-strong anti-war march on March 22... ...The other major action being organised by AATW is a “die-in” at Australia House to mark ANZAC day. The action will actually take place on April 24 in an attempt to gain coverage in the Australian media on April 25.
- Camping on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli -
Attendees will not be allowed to bring large backpacks, camping equipment... We are at our camp ground from April 15th, if you need a place to stay at Gallipoli please contact: email@example.com We have tents for you, air mattresses and hot showers, scrambled eggs for your breakfast, a huge tent in case it rains. Our camp is located near ANZAC cove, at the waterfront.
We will take care of you.
- Take care at Gallipoli, PM urges -
Prime Minister John Howard has urged Australians planning an ANZAC Day pilgrimage to Gallipoli to take great care amid heightened tensions over the war in Iraq. But he stopped short of advising people not to go. ...(more inside)
- PM set for post-war talks -
Prime Minister John Howard said he would visit the United States soon to talk about post-war arrangements in Iraq with US President George W Bush... ...Mr Howard said he was still looking over the federal Budget, due next month, and would also stay in Australia for ANZAC Day at a time when Australian forces were at war.
- PM`s plans for war memorial shock historians -
(NZ:) Historians are appalled by secret plans to knock out the front of the National War Memorial and replace it with Helen Clark`s proposed Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The plans were to have been announced on ANZAC Day, April 25, and it is to be built by Armistice Day on November 11.
- Bogus Vietnam vet -
A Bogus Vietnam veteran faces huge legal costs after a judge ruled he had misled people, including students and newspaper readers... ...So desperate was the former rail worker for a share of reflected military glory, the District Court in Sydney was told, he wore a Vietnam-style combat smock and beret at ANZAC Day marches, memorial services, veterans` days and functions at towns throughout New South Wales.
- ANZAC march under guard -
Heavy security and additional police will surround this year`s ANZAC Day commemorations. Premier Steve Bracks has warned any disruption to ANZAC Day ceremonies on April 25 by anti-war protesters will not help the peace movement. ...(more inside)
- One of these people says we shouldn`t be fighting -
Together, they became the faces of last year`s ANZAC march; an image that at once united two generations of Australians... The photograph of Rebecca Ince, 23, next to her grandfather, John, while wiping away tears of pride in Sydney`s parade, appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald as the epitome of how the ANZAC spirit travelled through time.
- Iraq conflict troubles Australian veterans -
Well, the war against Iraq has torn the Australian community, but it`s been especially traumatic for one particular group, veterans of previous conflicts, and particularly veterans of the first Gulf War... ...And as ANZAC Day approaches, there`s additional apprehension about the mix of commemorating fellow Australians who served in war, while other Australians protest against this one.
- Alcohol at Gallipoli banned -
ALCOHOL will be banned from ANZAC Day ceremonies at Gallipoli
this month in a new security measure imposed by the Turkish Government. ANZAC Day organisers expect only half the usual number of pilgrims this year as jitters over the war, terrorism and the lethal pneumonia epidemic sway thousands of Australians to cancel their trips.
- Costello to go to Gallipoli -
Federal Treasurer Peter Costello plans to attend the ANZAC Day dawn service at Gallipoli this year, despite security concerns about the nearby war in Iraq. It was decided last year that Mr Costello would represent the Government at ANZAC Cove ceremonies. Planning for the trip is proceeding and Mr Costello has indicated he will cancel the visit only if the Foreign Affairs Department warns Australians not to visit Turkey.
- Behind the News -
...Once again this year the Bega Nursing Home Auxiliary will be making ANZAC Day wreaths. This is one of the auxiliary`s main fundraising efforts. The wreaths cost $25 each and can be ordered by phoning 6492 1474 during office hours.
- ANZAC Day won`t be sullied: PM -
Only anti-war protesters on the extreme fringe would sully ANZAC Day by protesting, Prime Minister John Howard has said... ...Mr Howard said there was as yet no warning against Australians visiting the Gallipoli site, on Turkey`s southern coast, on ANZAC Day. "A few weeks ago we sent a small team to Turkey to talk to the Turkish government - naturally the security on the peninsula is a responsibility of the government - and that team was fairly satisfied with the arrangements that were being made," he said.
- Doors closed for seniors -
`Closed until further notice` is the message greeting Dubbo`s seniors wanting to use the Walter T Grant Memorial Centre in Carrington Avenue. The building is a gathering place for many local organisations and a venue for the centre`s Senior Citizens Incorporated group to come together for cards, bingo and crafts... ...The group`s biggest concern at the moment is getting back into the hall to make their ANZAC Day tribute.
- War fears rise again from Gallipoli sands -
The Australian Government has asked Turkey to boost security on the Gallipoli Peninsula during ANZAC Day commemorations this month. It is feared Australia`s participation in the Iraq war could draw reprisals from extremist groups.
- Scouts go hi-tech in name of world peace -
In 1908 Lord Baden Powell wrote: "If we make friends with our neighbours across the sea in foreign countries, and if they keep friends with us, we shan`t want to fight."... ..."Local Scouts will be sending specially designed peace postcards to Turkish groups in the Dardanelles as a lead-up to ANZAC Day," Mr Bunt said.
- ANZAC countries advise caution over Gallipoli -
Australia and New Zealand are advising those planning to make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day commemorations to be highly cautious, but neither country is going so far as to tell people not to go.
- Hollow threats to combat terrorism -
A white line symbolises the Government`s mixed message on national security, writes Geoff Kitney... ...We have an example of this with the decision to approach Turkish security authorities, to ask them to provide specially upgraded security for the ANZAC Day events at Gallipoli. Security sources say the approach was made after an assessment by the Government`s anti-terror experts, who also recommended an upgrading of the official travel advice for Australians planning to visit Turkey.
- Simon Crean challenges the Government`s
assertion of a quick war -
...Matt Brown: Mr Crean says that despite concerns about the safety of Australians at the war memorial at ANZAC Cove, he hopes they won`t stay away from this year`s ANZAC Day ceremony. Simon Crean: For Australians to visit ANZAC Cove, pay homage to a previous generation of brave Defence Forces that fought on behalf of this country, it`s essential that they do go.
- Bob Hawke criticises the term `just war` -
John Highfield: Well, those previous generations and particularly Gallipoli has also been on the mind of the former Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke today. He was launching the biography of one of the quiet survivors of the World War I Dardanelles campaign, the last ANZAC, Alec Campbell.
- Grave vandals disgust Crean -
Opposition Leader Simon Crean has condemned the desecration of Commonwealth war graves in northern France, describing it as disgusting. A swastika was among the slogans daubed in red paint on the memorial at the cemetery of 11,000 allied soldiers, including 465 Australians. ...(more inside)
- Anti-war protesters vandalise memorial -
The Commonwealth war graves commission said today that cemetery caretakers and visitors were left "shocked, upset and disgusted" after seeing a British war memorial in France covered with anti-war graffiti.
- Labor at odds over Gallipoli visit -
Federal Labor leader Simon Crean is urging Australians to visit Gallipoli this ANZAC Day, but one of his frontbenchers is warning people to reconsider their travel plans. With the military conflict in Iraq, Simon Crean says it would be a great tragedy if Australians do not visit ANZAC Cove to pay homage to those who fought on behalf of Australia in World War I.
"It`s essential that they do go," he said.
- Gallipoli Trips plea -
Australians planning an ANZAC Day pilgrimage to Gallipoli were urged not to abandon their trip, despite mounting security fears and the desecration of Commonwealth war graves in France... ...But Veteran Affairs Minister Danna Vale said the government was not warning people off the trip... ...RSL national president Major-General Peter Phillips urged Australians to continue with their Gallipoli travel plans.
- Security beefed up for ANZAC Day Turkey -
(NZ News): The Government is warning against travel to parts of Turkey and says people attending ANZAC commemorations at Gallipoli could face delays because of increased security...
Attendees will not be allowed to bring large backpacks, camping equipment (such as tents and portable stoves), alcohol nor weapons of any kind.
- Limber up for ANZAC Sports -
April is set to be a very busy month indeed this year, with Easter having fallen on April 18 and ANZAC Day following very closely behind on April 25. As with previous years in Bombala, ANZAC Day will be honoured with a commemorative ceremony held before the town`s cenotaph, with young and old alike assembling in the main street to witness the occasion and pay homage to Australian soldiers.
- UN involvement a must: Crean -
Australia must demand the United Nations play a leading role in post-war Iraq, Opposition Leader Simon Crean has argued. He said the Federal Government should lend support to Britain, which was keen for UN involvement in the reconstruction of Iraq... ...Mr Crean has urged Australians not to be deterred from attending ANZAC Day ceremonies in Turkey.
- Marking ANZAC Day with troops in Iraq -
ANZAC Day will be a more poignant event this year, set against a climate of anti-war feelings mixed with support for the troops serving overseas. Gresford RSL Sub-branch president Garth Carlson said he expected a strong response to this year`s ANZAC Day on April 25. Mr Carlson, who served as an army engineer in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970, said he could empathise with the Australian soldiers serving in the Gulf, but it was a different kind of war this time.
- Gallipoli attack alert -
The Government has asked Turkey to boost security at Gallipoli for this month`s ANZAC Day ceremonies to guard against reprisals for Australia`s involvement in the war against Iraq. A special joint team of four Australian and New Zealand security officials flew to Ankara two weeks ago to discuss the issue with the Turkish Government. ...(more inside)
- RSL seeks support for ANZAC Day -
Members of the Glen Innes sub-branch of the RSL are urging everyone to take time this ANZAC Day to not only remember those who served in previous conflicts, but to show support for Australian servicemen and servicewomen currently serving in the Gulf War.
To promote participation in ANZAC Day the president of the Glen Innes RSL, John Urquhart, said his group had recently taken delivery of a huge banner which has been displayed on the Town Hall.
- No ANZAC Day protest: rally group -
Organisers of one of Australia`s biggest anti-war protests ruled out a rally for ANZAC Day, while a student protest group is yet to decide what action it can take. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said protesters who tried to ambush veterans marching on April 25 would be abhorred by the government for targeting diggers.
- BRITAIN: Australians Against the War forms in London -
London — On March 22, up to 500,000 people demonstrated in central London against the US-British-Australian invasion of Iraq. Among those hundreds of thousands of concerned people were a vocal contingent of Australians marching behind three banners: "Australians Against the War"; "NO HoWARd"; "Aussies say: no more". As the march progressed many other Australians in the crowd were drawn to the banners and joined the "Aussie" contingent... ..."We are considering a protest action at Australia House on ANZAC Day", Coppens said.
- Protest organisers deny ANZAC target -
Organisers of Queensland`s recent anti-war rallies say suggestions that protests have been organised for ANZAC Day are only rumours. Queensland police are reviewing ANZAC Day security following the cancellation of an RAAF parade and naval cadet march in Brisbane last week, amid fears of protests targeting the events.
- No anti-war protests organised on ANZAC Day -
Organisers of Queensland`s recent anti-war rallies say they are angered by suggestions protests have been organised for next month`s ANZAC Day. Queensland police are reviewing ANZAC Day security following the cancellation of an RAAF parade and naval cadet march in Brisbane last week because of fears protests would be targeting the events.
- Keep march protest free -
Many people with genuine convictions against war with Iraq would no doubt be appalled at weekend reports of concerns for the safety of ANZAC Day marchers due to expected peace protests. Most anti-war activists would realise that any actions disrupting ANZAC Day commemorations next month, particularly any with even a hint of antagonism towards marching veterans, would do nothing but discredit their cause.
- War tipped to boost crowd on ANZAC Day -
War with Iraq is expected to spur record crowds to attend ANZAC Day parades across the nation. Townsville RSL sub-branch president Rod McLeod said that because Townsville troops were playing a critical role in the war against Iraq, he expected a massive crowd at this year`s ANZAC Day parade in the city.
- ANZAC Day protests sacrilege: RSL -
Anti-war protesters who tried to disrupt ANZAC Day commemorations risked being condemned for an "almost sacrilegious" act, the RSL said. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Sunday any protesters who tried to ambush veterans marching on April 25 would be abhorred by the government.
- Activists deny ANZAC Day ambush -
Peace activists today angrily denied they were preparing to ambush ANZAC Day marches across Australia. Their comments followed reports many ex-servicemen were planning not to march on April 25 this year, for fear of being targeted by rogue protesters.
- Protesters urged not to disrupt ANZAC services -
Queensland police are closely reviewing security arrangements for ANZAC Day services around the state. The review comes after ex-servicemen`s groups cancelled two military marches in Brisbane in the past week because of concerns about anti-war protests.
- Bringing Australians to books -
It`s one of those ironies that the star author of a campaign called Books Alive is dead. Roy Kyle went off to fight at Gallipoli when he was just 17, and kept a diary of the "vile place". He died seven years ago when he was 98, but now his writing lives again as part of the biggest-ever cooperative promotion to get Australians more excited about books.
- ANZAC Day security boosted -
Unprecedented security will accompany servicemen and women taking part in ANZAC Day parades throughout Queensland because of fears anti-war protesters could disrupt the annual ceremonies. Organisers, concerned for the safety of April 25 marchers after a string of violent protests around the country, are liaising with police at a level never before seen.
- ANZAC caution at Gallipoli -
Australia is worried about safety at Gallipoli on ANZAC Day because Turkey shares a border with Iraq. The Federal Government has upgraded travel advice for Turkey and ANZAC Day ceremonies... ..."If we thought Australians shouldn`t go, we would say so," a Department of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said.
- Alarm at talk of ANZAC Day protest -
The Victorian Returned and Services League has expressed concern that next month`s ANZAC Day parade could be targeted by protesters demonstrating against the Iraq war. Victorian RSL president Major-General David McLachlan said some peace groups had claimed they were planning to protest on ANZAC Day in Melbourne and nationally, a possibility he found "alarming and insensitive".
- Last post for one of our finest -
As bombs and bullets rained down on soldiers in far-off lands yesterday, poppies and tears fell on the casket of an Australian who marched in their shoes 87 years ago. World War I veteran Eric Abraham made his final journey through Brisbane streets yesterday with a degree of pomp and ceremony which would have tickled him pink.
- State funeral of Eric Abraham to be held today -
The life of one of Australia`s last World War One veterans will be commemorated at a state funeral in Brisbane this afternoon. Eric Abraham - the man fondly called the Dungaree Buglar - will be farewelled at St John`s Cathedral.
- ANZAC spirit -
For Bunbury Catholic College Year 11 student Ella Merewether, ANZAC Day will be a little different this year. On April 19 the 16-year-old will accompany seven other Australian students to Istanbul, Turkey, from where she will travel down to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Day dawn service. She will also visit many other culturally important sites on the week-long trip and be accompanied by Angie Claridge, the great-granddaughter of the last Gallipoli veteran, Alec Campbell.
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- Tears flow with medal gesture -
One of just two WA nurses enlisted in Vietnam during the Gulf War was choking back the tears this week, overwhelmed by just another act of kindness by fellow war veterans... ...This week`s events left her speechless when Mandurah Murray Vietnam Veterans presented her with an exact replica of the three medals, produced by CQMS Militaria Direct. The club`s Bob Coker organised the handover to ensure she got them in plenty of time for ANZAC Day on April 25.
- Runners will pay tribute to the ANZACs -
ATHLETICS: Orange will be one of 60 locations holding a `Lest We Forget Run` on Sunday, April 27 as a way of remembering ANZAC history. It is the first year the run will be held in Orange and Sports Advisory Council Committee chairperson Cr Chris Gryllis hopes the community supports the event.
- YASS RSL SUB-BRANCH AGM -
The Sub-Branch recently held it`s Annual General Meeting at the Yass Soldiers` Club... ...Our President, Graeme Smith, reported on the year as follows: ...I would also like to thank all members who were involved in ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day fund raising where, due to their efforts, we exceeded the previous year`s performance.
- War memorial planned for Mirani Shire -
Mirani Shire in north Queensland will soon have its own war memorial, with preliminary building already underway. The cenotaph is being built in Alexander Street in a newly acquired council park, but lack of funds means it will not be completed for ANZAC Day.
- "The War of the Gentlemen": The Dardanelles War of 1915 -
"Mothers who sent their sons to the war from the very far lands! Please, stop crying. We hold your sons to our bosom. They are tranquil here and they will repose peacefully. As they died on these lands, we consider them as our sons." The Dardanelles War is "the war of gentlemen" where soldiers who never met each other exchanged cigarettes, matches, chocolate and cans from trenches of 5 – 6 m. height at some points and friendships were established during ceasefires declared in order to collect the corpses.
- NSA slams protests -
The Queensland president of the National Servicemen`s Association of Australia has condemned anti-war protests held across the country. Before an association State meeting in Townsville yesterday, president Colin Bell said he was concerned anti-war protests would harm the morale of troops involved in an assault on Iraq... ...Mr Bell said all marches in Queensland this year, including ANZAC Day, would go ahead.
- Lest We Forget Run: only 34 days to go ! -
On Sunday 27th April 2003 people all across Australia will participate in Australia`s largest fun run. Many will run in memory of a great Australian. You can participate in this National Event by selecting your location and registering online. If your town isn`t registered yet, don`t hesitate to contact www.lestweforget.com.au to get started. The ANZAC Spirit will be remembered in this special walk/run around Australia - including the Redlands - on Sunday, April 27. The Redlands Lest We Forget run will be held at Cleveland at 8.55am.
- ANZAC essay victory -
A Warrnambol teenager`s view of the ANZAC Day celebrations has been recognised in a national essay writing competition. Lauren Prest, 16, was awarded runner-up in the 2003 Simpson Prize for her entry.
- Bugle call made a boy into a man -
The Somme, Third Ypres, Menin Road, Passchendaele, first and second Villers-Brettonneaux, Hamel, Amiens, Proyart, Peronne. These names are an indelible part of Australia`s military history, major battles of World War I. To Eric Abraham, who died yesterday aged 104 years and eleven months, they were more than just names, they were places where he had fought as a member of the First Australian Imperial Force between October 1916 and September 1918.
- Monthly meetings changed to Thursday evenings -
At the last monthly meeting of the Grenfell Sub Branch RSL, it was resolved to change the Sub branch meeting nights from the first Friday of the month to the first Thursday of the month... ...This will be the last meeting of the Sub Branch before ANZAC day and there will be items of business regarding the special day to be discussed, street stalls to be organised and other important business regarding insurance to be considered.
- Eric Abraham - We Will Remember Him -
One of Australia`s best known World War I veterans, Eric Abraham, passed away in the early hours of Thursday 20 March 2003 at the RSL Pinjarra Hills nursing home, Queensland, aged 104 years. Eric Abraham was a 17-year-old Post Office worker, familiar with morse code, when he attended a recruiting meeting in Boonah. Obtaining reluctant approval from his mother, he put his age up by 12 months and enlisted in November 1915 at Ipswich, Queensland, and was one of the recruits from the Dungarees March.
- Last Post for WWI legend -
One of Australia`s oldest soldiers died in Brisbane yesterday just hours before his young counterparts headed into a battle he opposed. A gentleman, larrikin, sportsman and raconteur, Eric Abraham was just a few weeks shy of his 105th birthday when he died... ...Eric Abraham will be laid to rest with a state funeral at 2pm next Wednesday, March 26, at St John`s Cathedral in Ann St, Brisbane. Flags at all government buildings will fly at half-mast.
- Eric Abraham the last Dungaree Digger -
We will remember him
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Danna Vale, today expressed her deep sorrow at the passing of the last of the original Dungaree diggers, World War I veteran Eric Abraham in Queensland. Mr Abraham passed away in the early hours of this morning at the RSL Pinjarra Hills nursing home aged 104 years.
- Farewell to digger who saw the Red Baron die -
Eric Abraham, who remembered tending oil lamps in the days before electricity and who fought in World War I, died yesterday, one month short of his 105th birthday. His death on the day of the invasion of Iraq leaves only nine Australians of the 324,000 who served in World War I, once said to be "the war to end all wars".
- 104-year-old WWI digger dies -
Australia has lost another link to the ANZAC tradition with the death of 104-year-old World War I digger Eric Abraham. Mr Abraham, who lied about his age to join up in 1915, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday at the RSL`s Pinjarra Hills Nursing Home in Brisbane.
- Old mates shine on -
Papatoetoe Volunteer Fire Service celebrates its 75th jubilee on ANZAC weekend and organisers say it will be as much about remembering lost firemen as it is about celebrating with old friends. Kicking off on ANZAC Day, a parade down Gt South Rd will precede a memorial to firemen who’ve died.
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- Turks honour the dead of Gallipoli -
Ankara: Thousands of soldiers paraded yesterday to honour the dead of Gallipoli. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan joined top generals to lay wreaths at the mausoleum of the country`s national hero, Ataturk, in Ankara. During the bloody World War I campaign, Turks battled British and ANZAC troops on the peninsula of Gallipoli in western Turkey.
- Turkey Celebrates Canakkale Victory, Sezer Calls for Peace -
Turkey will today celebrate the 88th anniversary of the Canakkale Naval Victory, known as the Gallipoli campaign, which was one of the bloodiest battles of World War I, and which was also the first victory for commander Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic.
- RSL backs ANZAC Day footy on the Peninsula BATTLE LINES -
Mornington RSL has thrown its support behind plans for an ANZAC Day local derby involving traditional Mornington Peninsula and Nepean Football League (MPNFL) rivals. This year ANZAC Day, April 25, falls on a Friday and Mornington and Mt Eliza have agreed to lock horns at the Bulldogs` Alexandra Park kennel in round 4 of the MPNFL`s top Premier division.
- Utopia hit Melbourne on ANZAC Eve -
Melbourne venue QBH will play host to the huge Utopia event on ANZAC Day Eve (April 24). The event will see a handful of quality hard spinning international names join loads of local talent in providing a 3 Room event of quality for the masses.
- Youth of Year win to Anthony Martin -
Lions Youth of the Year contestants, Anthony Martin, David Smith and Amelia Thompson, were all contesting the Regional finals last night at Clarence Town. This follows the Zone final in Gloucester last Wednesday when Gloucester`s Anthony Martin won a close contest... ...The trio were also expected to speak for two minutes on each of two impromptu questions: Is ANZAC Day still as relevant today as it was in past years? and what should the minimum dress standard be for school teachers.
- Parkes RSL plans airmen, airwomen reunion -
The Parkes RSL sub-branch has started planning a reunion next year for airmen and women who served in the district during World War II... ...Mr Greenwood says it is important the 2004 ANZAC weekend reunion recognises the contribution of all groups.
- Mysterious skull on its way to Gallipoli -
The mummified skull of a unknown Turkish soldier, found in the belongings of a World War I Digger, has finally begun the long journey home... ...In a letter read out at the ceremony, Ms Vale said she offered her condolences. "The Turkish Government has been most gracious and understanding in addressing this matter ... we now respectfully return the remains of this soldier to his homeland, to honour his memory and the spirit of all those fine Turkish soldiers who sacrificed their lives and who now lie at rest with the ANZACs at Gallipoli," she wrote.
- Gallipoli soldier`s skull returned -
The skull of a Turkish soldier who was shot in the head at Gallipoli in World War I has been officially handed back to Turkey at a ceremony in Melbourne... ...An Australian Defence Force officer will escort the skull to Istanbul and hand it over to Turkish consular staff. A military burial will be held on the Gallipoli Peninsula on March 18.
- Shrine delays opening -
The Shrine`s $7.6 million works will not be ready by its target of ANZAC Day. Completion of the undercroft project is running about six weeks late, with fencing likely to block access on ANZAC Day. When the project was launched by Premier Steve Bracks last ANZAC Day eve, it was intended to be in use by April 25.
- Albany on hold: Barnett -
Albany`s development has languished during the past two years, according to State Opposition Leader Colin Barnett. Mr Barnett said during a visit to Albany on Tuesday there was a need for the Albany region to develop strongly but this had not happened... ..."ANZAC Park is also being developed into a world-class interpretive centre," Mr Watson said. "There will be gardens either side equal to the space between the trenches in Gallipoli, also part of the foreshore development."
- Turk`s skull sent home -
The unknown head of a Turkish soldier will be buried at Gallipoli this month - shrouded in controversy to the end. The mummified skull was handed to Echuca police in a velvet-lined wooden box by an unknown person last May. A coroner confirmed the skull was that of a Turkish soldier who died after he was shot in the head at Gallipoli. ...(more inside)
- Security clamp on ANZAC service -
(NZ News:) Nervousness over the possibility of terrorist attacks has prompted the Australian Government to send undercover police to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day commemorations... ..."There will be a number of agencies, but for operational reasons we cannot disclose the full range of security measures." The Turkish Government has yet to approve the security operation. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Phil Goff said he did not think New Zealand was sending undercover police to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day.
- Gallipoli security increased -
(AUS News:) Federal police will be part of beefed up security to protect Australians at this year`s ANZAC Day ceremonies on the Gallipoli peninsula... ...Mr Downer said the current travel advisory for the Turkish coastal peninsula highly significant to Australia for its World War I loss of life remained - that visitors have a high level of personal security awareness
- Aussies given green light for Gallipoli pilgrimage -
The Foreign Minister says his department will not be warning Australians not to travel to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day commemorations. There are reports undercover Australian police will be sent to Gallipoli this year to protect Australians there. Alexander Downer says there have been no particular threats to Australians at Gallipoli, but travellers should maintain their own personal security while authorities take all steps to protect them.
- Some history we may never learn -
Charles Bean, Australia`s official correspondent in the First World War, famous war historian and a man who helped forge the ANZAC legend, was chosen for the job in a ballot organised by the Australian Journalists Association in which he pipped Keith Murdoch (Rupert`s dad). He went primarily to work as a journalist, but collecting material for the later history quickly became his passion.
- Police eye on sacred ANZAC -
Australia will send undercover police to Gallipoli this ANZAC Day to protect thousands of visitors in case of a terrorist attack. Australian Federal Police officers acting undercover in close co-operation with armed Turkish gendarmes will help monitor crowds of visitors to the site of Australia`s most revered war cemetery.
- Join in memorable run -
The ANZAC Spirit will be remembered in a special walk/run around Australia - including the Redlands - on Sunday, April 27. The Redlands Lest We Forget run will be held at Cleveland at 8.55am. The run is a five-mile/eight-kilometre event, in recognition of the distance the ANZACs were required to conquer upon landing at Gallipoli. ...(more inside)
- Discipline contract for school parents -
Parents of children attending public schools will be asked to sign discipline agreements if the Coalition wins next month`s state election. The Opposition Leader, John Brogden, yesterday unveiled his latest policy, following his proposal of contracts for senior high school students... ..."Any 11-year-old could have told Mr Brogden they have already learnt about the great sacrifice at Gallipoli. Presently all NSW government school children must study the origins and meaning of ANZAC Day in both primary and junior high school."
- Education in the poll spotlight -
NSW`s major parties have made their bids for the education vote with promises for the parents of the brightest students, and for those who want more school discipline. Campaigning for the March 22 election, Premier Bob Carr promised special classes in comprehensive high schools for gifted children, while Opposition leader John Brogden pledged to tighten discipline... ...Mr Brogden also announced that under a coalition government all NSW schools would be required to conduct both ANZAC Day classes and a ceremony on April 25.
- RSL veteran dies -
Thirroul is mourning the loss of one of its most respected citizens, who died at 69 after a three-month battle with a vicious brain disease. Mr Dobbs, treasurer of Thirroul RSL sub-branch, was known for his tireless work maintaining Woodward Park and its war memorial, and arranging ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services for schoolchildren.
- Steve Gower iconic success for AWM -
Commanding, distinc tive, and silent, the Australian War Memorial is one the world’s great national monuments, and the public seems to agree, with the Memorial reaching unprecedented heights of popularity and award winning success. As director, Steve Gower has been at the forefront of recent developments with more than 60 per cent of the Memorial’s galleries being renewed and in obtaining multiple wins of the major tourism attraction award at the ACT and National Tourism Awards.
- RSL: Don`t dwell on the past -
Mal Rose knows the job ahead will be a challenge but the newly appointed president of the Port Macquarie RSL sub-branch also knows he has to convince the membership to put the events of the past week behind them. Elected, unopposed, at Tuesday`s special meeting, Mr Rose was briefed on Wednesday by the state branch and auditors on sub-branch business... ...He will maintain his financial membership but the countless hours of volunteer work for ANZAC Day services and other commemorations are over.
- ANZAC sibling rivalry must end: Kirby -
Pavlova disputes and the fight over who owned Phar Lap could be solved by "tying the knot" between Australia and New Zealand, High Court judge Michael Kirby has suggested. A common passport, currency and tax system in time for the 2015 anniversary of Gallipoli could make both nations stronger, Justice Kirby said in a speech in Auckland. "The time may be approaching for us to tie the knot," he said, describing the relationship as "sibling rivalry". ...(more inside)
- My ANZAC Day -
Erin Close joins the masses of young Aussies and Kiwis for ANZAC Day, remembering the sacrifices made. Amidst the beauty of Turkey is the harsh history of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Australia`s national identity and a legend were created on 25/4/1915 as Australian and New Zealand soldiers came ashore at dawn and confronted the cliffs of ANZAC Cove. As a young Aussie travelling through today`s world, I felt it to be an accepted rite of passage to attend the dawn service on ANZAC Day.
- Kokoda Track grave row erupts -
A fresh Kokoda Track skirmish has broken out after the Office of War Graves dismissed pleas to revisit two key World War II sites where the remains of 72 Diggers allegedly lie abandoned.
Track experts believe the remains of Diggers killed fighting Japanese invaders in September 1942 still lie buried on Brigade Hill and Mission Hill high in the Owen Stanley Ranges... ...Mr Lynn has offered to personally take Office of War Graves director Wing Commander Gary Beck to the site near Efogi village as part of an ANZAC Day trek.
- Honouring ANZAC spirit -
Taree`s first `ANZAC of the Year` will be honoured at this year`s ANZAC Day commemoration at the memorial clock in Fotheringham Park. Every member of the community is eligible for the award, which honours those who uphold the ANZAC spirit in acts of bravery or heroic effort. The award is not restricted to returned servicepeople or RSL members, but is open to anyone who lives in the 2430 postcode area, regardless of age, creed or religion.
- Parliament to consider Holidays Act changes -
(New Zealand:) Employees will be paid extra for working on statutory holidays under changes to the Holidays Act to be introduced to Parliament this week. Prime Minister Helen Clark today said cabinet had finalised the legislation, announced by Labour Minister Margaret Wilson last year... ...The main changes would include employees being paid time-and-a-half and getting a day in lieu for working statutory holidays, five days` sick pay a year and increased bereavement leave entitlements. Other changes included "pay as you go" for annual leave entitlements for employees in the job less than a year - meaning they could forgo leave for extra money - and making Waitangi and ANZAC days consistent with other public holidays.
- All those in favour of peace, step right this way -
Veronica Gilpin, distressed about the prospect of war in Iraq, asked her husband what she could do about it. David Gilpin suggested she go for a walk. She has. Mrs Gilpin, a mother of seven, gathered relatives and friends and set off last Saturday on a 400-kilometre "walk for peace" from Dubbo to Sydney... ...She drew on the Cooee March during World War I for inspiration. When the flood of enlistments to fight in World War I dried to a trickle after the waste of Gallipoli, 27 men marched 500 kilometres from Gilgandra to Liverpool, arriving with 263 men ready to enlist.
- Learning the lessons of the past -
As war looms, one group of people is striving to educate this generation on its horrors. The Wagin Lions Club in conjunction with the Quiet Lion Tour Association send a representative of the Wagin community on a tour of the Thai-Burma Railway each year... ...Every year the association organises a trip to Thailand for about 80 people, coinciding with ANZAC Day...
- State sacks RSL sub-branch -
The Port Macquarie RSL Sub-branch board has been sacked, its office closed and an administrator appointed. The president and secretary of the state branch of the Returned Services League, Keith Hall and John Sheehan, took the drastic action on Monday morning. The state officials said the Port Macquarie board had "constantly failed to comply with our constitution"... ...Two of the matters involved money spent on ANZAC Day activities without the consent of the state branch, another was a $5000 gift to the children`s ward at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital that was also not approved at State level.
- Angie follows her hero`s trail -
Angie Claridge will follow in the footsteps of Australia`s last ANZAC, her great-grandfather, Alec Campbell, when she goes to Gallipoli in April. The West Hobart student will turn 16 in Gallipoli the day before ANZAC Day - the same age Mr Campbell was when he enlisted in 1915. Angie will fulfil a dream she has had since she first met her famous great-grandfather eight years ago.
- Spit and polish for city shrine -
Rumbling trains and city pollution have played a hand in damaging Brisbane`s Shrine of Remembrance which is about to undergo a much-needed facelift. Acting Premier and Treasurer Terry Mackenroth said yesterday the State and Federal Governments would fund the $600,000 clean up... ...Queensland RSL president John Burgess said while there was a chance the eternal flame could be shut off while work was taking place, it would be operational for ANZAC Day.
- Hollingworth trips cost $10K a day -
It cost almost $10,000 a night to send Governor-General Peter Hollingworth and his entourage overseas, new figures show. In answer to a series of questions from Labor, Prime Minister John Howard said it had cost $281,677 to send Dr Hollingworth on his three overseas trips. An 18 day trip to Europe and Gallipoli cost taxpayers $167,847
- ANZAC Day Services Gallipoli, Turkey 2003 -
The Gallipoli Peninsula Peace Park covers almost the entire Peninsula and is protected in order to preserve the archaeological, cultural and military heritage of the area. The ANZAC Commemorative Site is the site of the ANZAC Day dawn service... ...The following information has been prepared to assist visitors wishing to attend the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli to plan their trip. We are sure that your visit to the Peninsula will be a memorable one. However, it is important for international visitors to understand that only very limited facilities are available. ...(more inside)
- The ANZAC cove is online -
Your message board the ANZAC cove is online since midnight (Gallipoli time). The ANZAC cove is YOUR forum... it`s created for private communication between people interested in ANZAC Day and all travellers on the way to Gallipoli & back home. Feel at home at the ANZAC cove and let other people know about anything you like or don`t like... Ask your questions & post your answers...
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- ANZAC spirit a class act -
The RSL wants compulsory classes for children on the meaning of ANZAC Day. A parliamentary committee last year rejected an RSL proposal to force school children in the week leading up to April 25 to have at least one hour-long lesson on the significance of the day. But the RSL wants to meet Premier Steve Bracks and urge him to make it law.
- Flags of black and white fly together -
The symbols of black and white Australia have come together on Australia`s birthday for the first time. Despite opposition from some indigenous leaders, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were raised alongside the Australian flag yesterday in the name of reconciliation at an Australia Day ceremony in Brisbane... ..."Look at ANZAC Day – when people celebrate the ANZAC spirit but also mourn the losses to the nation," Senator Ridgeway said.
- Did historians have too much to drink ? -
The group of Australian academics who called on their country to apologise for the 1915 invasion at Gallipoli at a conference they attended in Canakkale, the nearest major town to the ANZAC landing beach, seem to have been carried away after too much Turkish hospitality. Their claims suggest too much Raki and Efes beer, and represent crazy thinking. Professor John Lack, of the University of Melbourne, said that Gallipoli was nothing but an unjustified invasion of foreign soil like the British invasion of Aboriginal land in 1788.
- Jim Hopkins: Horror of horrors - it`s now Mills and Bonk -
Is nothing sacred? Has the world gone mad? Are we mired in corruption? Have things got this bad? Well, yes, it would appear they have. You see, if the Weekend Harold can be relied upon (and it most certainly can - Ed) some of our most trusted bastions are crumbling and toppling before our tear-stained eyes... ...Our knuckles may harden when various pratty academics try to rewrite the history of Gallipoli, but that`s as far as it goes.
- Darren Lehmann was Shafted by the ICC -
In the recesses of each human mind is the truth as they see it. Some of us dare to express our feelings honestly. Increasingly in this intellectually homogenised/sanitised world, the `correct` view is flagged for us, so we don`t embarrass ourselves by expressing something different... ...Howard refuses to apologise to the `Stolen Generation`, whose plight was captured brilliantly in the film Rabbit Proof Fence. But he plays to the public gallery when it comes to Gallipoli and the ANZAC legend, which is of course a watershed moment in colonised Australian history.
- Garth George: We really must start rescuing
history from historians -
Just when I thought political correctness was on the wane it breaks out with a new virulence. Academics in Australia want to rewrite the history of Gallipoli; Martin Crowe retires hurt after pointing out that not too many Maori play cricket and why; and Dave Walden and his BlackHeart cronies back down - with the exception, God bless him, of Murray Deaker.
- ANZAC visitors should check warnings -
Kiwis planning to travel to Turkey for ANZAC Day commemorations should pay close heed to international travel warnings, a Foreign Affairs spokesman says. Australian Foreign Affairs last week reviewed its travel advice for Turkey. Troops are gathering in the nation as Western powers ready for a possible invasion of Iraq... ...Both New Zealand and Australian authorities are working with Turkish authorities to review security for the Gallipoli commemorations.
- Apology to Turks absurd: historian -
A New Zealand historian says a call by some Australian academics for an apology to Turkey over the 1915 ANZAC campaign at Gallipoli is absurd. Deborah Montgomerie, a senior lecturer in New Zealand history at the University of Auckland, said: "For historians, something like an apology for British imperialism is a historical absurdity." But she acknowledged that apologies, such as those to Australian Aboriginals over government removal of children from families, could serve political purposes. Foreign affairs minister Phil Goff has said Turkey has not sought an apology and there were no plans to offer one.
- Gallipoli myths need dispelling -
A prominent historian believes there are several myths surrounding the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli which need dispelling. A group in Australia, the Charge of the Rewrite Brigade, is calling for the history books to be rewritten so the landings are described as an unjustified invasion of foreign soil. They also want us to apologise to Turkey for the events of 1915.
- No Apology For Gallipoli - RSA -
The RSA is labelling a group of Australian academics who want the ANZAC legend rewritten as `historian activists`. The group, calling itself `The Charge of the Rewrite Brigade` wants the Allied invading nations to apologise to Turkey for the 1915 Gallipoli landing.
- ANZACs `should say sorry` for Gallipoli -
A group of Australian academics want their country to apologise to Turkey for the 1915 ANZAC "invasion" at Gallipoli. Calling themselves "The Charge of the Rewrite Brigade", they say the ANZAC legend should be rewritten. At a conference in Canakkale, the nearest town to the Gallipoli battlefields, they concluded that Australians should regard the landing as an unmitigated disaster and apologise to the Turkish Government for invading their country.
- Our wartime paranoia has a long and ignoble history -
Fear of the "enemy within" is nothing new. Nor is the sight of politicians milking those fears, writes Anne Henderson. Be alert but not alarmed, the Federal Government`s $15 million anti-terror advertising campaign tells us. Some $1.4 billion is being spent on strengthening Australia`s counter-terrorist capabilities. ...Historian Michael Hogan in The Sectarian Strand argues that one of the myths of Australian history is that the experience of Gallipoli "cemented a new unity and national resolve"
- New war memorial in London -
An Australian war memorial will be built in London`s Hyde Park, hopefully in time to be opened by Prime Minister John Howard on Remembrance Day in November. Defence Minister Robert Hill announced details of the memorial today after Westminster City Council approved the proposed design to honour those Australians who served in both world wars. However, Senator Hill sidestepped questions about whether or not Mr Howard`s retirement plans included staying on beyond November.
- Aussie war memorial for London -
An Australian war memorial in London`s Hyde Park looks set to be unveiled in November after city councillors unanimously gave it the final go ahead. Building on the memorial, announced in 2000 by Prime Minister John Howard and his British counterpart Tony Blair, is now due to begin in April. Situated on the busy Hyde Park Corner roundabout, plans for the memorial commemorating Australia`s support of Britain in two world wars were described by Westminister City councillors as a "serene and simple statement".
- Whatever happened to the peace movement? -
What happens if they give a war and no one turns up? Some Western governments (including Australia`s) are trying to whip up public opinion in favour of a war against Iraq. But they are not having much luck... ...The ANZAC Day memorials are attracting more people, not least young people. But the activities are not a glorification of war - more a regret at the tragic loss of life. It seems that the grave loss of life of young people in April, 1915, resonates with the fears of young people about their own future and how a group of old men can still ruin lives.
- Top 100 movies ever -
Film critic Rob Lowing racked her brain to settle on her favourite flicks, ranging from futuristic thrillers to screwball comedies to Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals. Selecting the "best" of anything is always subjective. Some of my criteria here were: imaginative, cinematic, interpretative, groundbreaking. These are films that pierced the hearts and minds of audiences in their day and still enhance our screens years later... ...25. Gallipoli (1981) Mel Gibson, Mark Lee. Director: Peter Weir.
- Ted`s wish to be the last ANZAC -
One of the last surviving ANZACs, Ted Smout, has passed another milestone, he`s feeling good and now he wants more. "I hope to be the last survivor," he grinned. The irrepressible World War I veteran celebrated his 105th birthday in Brisbane yesterday, surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- NEW YEAR MESSAGE - by PM Mr John Howard
2003 will contain both challenges and great opportunities for Australians. Terrorism has changed our lives. I have no doubt that Australians will adjust to a life that will require more vigilance but will nonetheless preserve the renowned Australian openness and freedom of action. It is possible to strike the right balance between alertness and freedom. As an egalitarian society, Australia is better able to achieve this balance than most. We must work to maintain Australia‘s strong economic growth. It has delivered more than a million new jobs during the past seven years.
- Turkey`s gift to the world -
The geographer Strabo was born at Amasia, east of Turkey`s capital Ankara. Troy, of Helen, Trojan horse and Achilles` heel fame, is located on the Asian side of the Dardanelles. Across at Gallipoli on the European side lie buried thousands of Indian soldiers, with their Australian, New Zealand and British comrades. They were killed (some say foolishly sacrificed) in fierce battles during World War I when the mighty British navy tried to take over the peninsula.
- Must haves - Books -
Gallipoli, by Les Carlyon (Pan Macmillan). Les Carlyon has been a Walkley Award-winner journalist, editor of The Age and the editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group. Through his research in Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the Gallipoli peninsula, he has captured the tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign.
- Gallipoli "madness" welcomed -
Young Australian pilgrims flocking to honour ANZAC heroes have turned the rugged Gallipoli peninsula into a giant traffic jam and a potential terrorist target, says the best-selling author Les Carlyon.
"It had become madness," agrees the president of the RSL, Peter Phillips. So far from provoking outrage, the Turkish Government`s decision to alter the way ANZAC Day is celebrated at Gallipoli appears to have been welcomed in this country.