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Four Australian soldiers in the trenches at Gallipoli, 1915

Stories from Gallipoli

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The Gallipoli campaign was a plan to knock the Ottomans out of the war but quickly turned into a stalemate that would continue for eight long months. Though they suffered heavy losses—and the campaign would fail to achieve its objectives—the actions of the Australian and New Zealand troops during this campaign began the ANZAC legend and saw the world stand up and take notice.

Back by popular demand, this talk will feature new content and personal stories, including:

  • Maurice Delpratt, a soldier of the 5th Light Horse Regiment who fought at Gallipoli before spending three and a half years in a prisoner of war camp at Hadji-Kiri, Turkey.
  • Constance Keys, who was one of the first four Queensland nurses to embark for Egypt in September 1914 and spend five years nursing wounded soldiers.
  • Able Seaman John Harrison Wheat, a submariner on the AE2 that was sunk in the Sea of Marmora in April 1915.

The talk will draw on stories, diaries, letters, and photographs from State Library's vast military collection.

After the talk, visitors can stay to explore the Memorial Galleries - embarking on an interactive journey from the First World War to today, before taking time to reflect on the remarkable stories of bravery and sacrifice in the tranquil parklands.

Anzac Square Memorial Galleries is located at 285 Ann Street, Brisbane. Entry is through the double brass doors located beneath the Shrine of Remembrance.

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