A magic carpet ride: Emma and Laura visit one of thousands of stalls lining Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. The group is about to be served apple tea and raki, enjoying the famous hospitality of Turkish traders. Many of these students will continue their Study Abroad experience in Italy, taking the subject on Australians and the Second World War offered at Monash Prato.
Cruising the Bosporus: Katie, a international student studying at Monash, takes in the cultural riches of Istanbul. Encountering new lands and new cultures is a one of the most important experiences of the Gallipoli Study Tour.
Istanbul not Constantinople: Monash students on the heights overlooking the Bosporus. Four days of the tour are spent exploring the wonders of an exciting and beautiful city before setting off for Troy, Canakkale and Gallipoli.
In fields of Gold: Katie, Laura and Catherine stand in a patch of sunflowers en route to Hill 60. Gallipoli can be breathtakingly beautiful and the battlefields are now peaceful fields of wheat, olives and flowers. But Hill 60 saw bitter fighting in August 1915; even now Turkish farmers ploughing the fields bring bones and bullets to the surface.
Lunching on the Dardanelles: Monash students eat out at a seaside stall at Canakkale. That same evening, these students will be the guests of Turkish students enrolled at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart (the University of the 18th March, named in honour of Turkish soldier killed at Gallipoli and a valued partner of Monash University). Note the glass of Efus beer, a drink favoured by many locals.
The highest point of Anzac. Monash students resting and reflecting after their punishing climb up the ridges. Quinn’s Post, where Turkish and Anzac trenches were just a few metres apart, lies on the horizon behind them. The Nek, where the Light Horse were cut to pieces, lies to the left of the photograph.
Gallipoli stories: Ari Burnu cemetery. Students record epitaphs on the graves and recreate the lives and deaths of men buried there. The cemetery is on the edge of Anzac Cove. It was here that students decided to conduct their Dawn Service.
Walking in their footsteps: Matt takes his bearings as the group sets out from the Second Ridge. Gaba Tepe is the headland in the bay below; Brighton beach beside it was the intended Landing Place in April. The Group have just left Lone Pine, site of the Australian memorial and one of Gallipoli’s most important battles.
Sites of memory, sites of mourning. Professor Bruce Scates explains the architecture of Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. Behind these stone walls lie the remains of hundreds of men, thousands more are scattered in unmarked graves across the Gallipoli Peninsula. Simpson, ‘the man with the donkey’ was killed not far from here.
The trek down Walker’s Ridge: Emma finds a foothold in the clay and completes a steep ascent. A Turkish guide advices Alex on the best way to tackle the path before her.
Walking with History: Alex, Emma and Hailey pause en route to the summit of the Sari Bair Range. Almost a century ago, the gullies below them provided shelter for Australian, New Zealand, Indian and British forces.
Going boldly: Monash students rest midst the ruins of ancient Turkey. Two students from Monash South Africa were part of the inaugural Gallipoli Study Tour, Sean (on the first step) and Tobi (near the last). Their insights into the nature of French colonialism offered rich insights into one of the forgotten dimensions of Gallipoli.
In the shadow of the Sphinx: Monash students weave their way down the ridge lines of Gallipoli. This was the same route some of the Anzac forces took in I915. The Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Rae Frances, brings up the rear of the party.
Cruising the Peninsula: relaxing before the Gallipoli dive. Tom, Emma and Stephanie watch the boat pull out of port and head towards Anzac. The boat (especially charted for the Tour) will travel along the shoreline of the Anzac sector and retrace the Landing of April 1915.
The depths of history: Alex takes a breather after a dive over the wreck site. In warm, crystal clear waters students explore the sea bed and recover relics from the Landing.
Touching the past: a student reaches one of the barges that ferried the wounded from Gallipoli. The wreck lies off Ari Burnu and marks the place where men came under heavy fire in 1915.
Kilitbahir: Lock of the Sea. This ancient fortress stands guard over the straits of the Dardanelles. Bombarded by an allied fleet in 1915, it helped turn back the mightiest navy in the world and secure a Turkish victory.
Not a back packer tour: Alex reads extracts from soldier’s diaries to help understand the Gallipoli campaign. Tomorrow he’ll recite extracts to the group, recreating, explaining and analysing the battles of 1915. The group spends two weeks studying Gallipoli on site, using Ottoman as well as Allied sources. By contrast, most backpackers visit Gallipoli on a day tour and often learn little of what happened there.
Digital Archives: Accessing Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files from the Australian War Memorial’s Website. Tom and Stephanie are studying in a quiet corner of the Kum Hotel, a seaside resort just a short bus ride from the battlefields. Kum means ‘sand’ in Turkish. When they finish their assignment, Steph and Tom will watch the sun set over the Aegean.
Stepping through the past: Hailey and Alex clamour down from the gun ports of an Ottoman fortress. Although Gallipoli is remembered now for the battles of the Great War, these great stone citadels have turned back many an invader.
Rosemary for Remembrance: Tom explains what the death of a young man meant to his family back home in Australia. The folder Tom is holding includes maps, sketches, photographs and paintings from 1915. This rich visual narrative helps us to imagine what Anzac was like for the men who endured the campaign.
Anzac Koyu, Anzac Cove: The First Monash Gallipoli Study Tour gathers by the beach where men first struggled ashore in 1915. Anzac Cove is now a symbol of reconciliation between once belligerent nations.