• Katge Ariotti, Gary Oakley, Derek Tolley and Margaret Hutchison

    Katge Ariotti, Gary Oakley, Derek Tolley and Margaret Hutchison

  • Ece Yilmaz, Grlseren Celik and her father Zeynel Celik

    Ece Yilmaz, Grlseren Celik and her father Zeynel Celik

  • Ambassador of Turkey Reha Keskintepe and Senator Michael Ronaldson

    Ambassador of Turkey Reha Keskintepe and Senator Michael Ronaldson

  • The Austolian Dance Academy,  production team and the Ambassador and the Mi nister and

    The Austolian Dance Academy, production team and the Ambassador and the Mi nister and

  • Gwen McNeill and Ashley Elkins

    Gwen McNeill and Ashley Elkins

  • David McKinlay and Linda Kovacs

    David McKinlay and Linda Kovacs

  • Dancers from the Austolian Dance Academy

    Dancers from the Austolian Dance Academy

  • Conference convenors Ashley Elkins and Joan Beaumont

    Conference convenors Ashley Elkins and Joan Beaumont

  • Colonel Yildirim Gunes and Rear Admiral (retd.) Ken Doolan

    Colonel Yildirim Gunes and Rear Admiral (retd.) Ken Doolan

  • Christine Biggs, Michelle Cleary and Sarah Midford

    Christine Biggs, Michelle Cleary and Sarah Midford

  • Cathy and Mike Wiecek with Chris and Dale Chadwick

    Cathy and Mike Wiecek with Chris and Dale Chadwick

  • Ambassador of Turkey Reha Keskintepe and AWM Director Brendan Nelson

    Ambassador of Turkey Reha Keskintepe and AWM Director Brendan Nelson

  • Rana Chhina and Jillian Durange

    Rana Chhina and Jillian Durange

Gallipoli Conference Reception @ The Turkish Embassy

17 March 2015

Gallipoli 1915: A Century On is the topic of an international conference being held in conjunction with the ANU and the AWM in Canberra and the welcome reception at the Embassy of Turkey brought together academics, historians, journalists and researchers for a night of Turkish hospitality. The food was delicious, the dancing by the Austolian Dance Academy from Sydney energetic and the speeches eloquent.

The imposing and impressive photograph of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk at the entrance to the Lalezar Hall at the Embassy of Turkey is a reminder of so much about the Gallipoli campaign, and its significance for Australia. Some of the truth is lost in the mists and myths of time but this conference aims to bring together speakers to all aspects of the story and eventually to publish their findings.

Ambassador Reha Keskintepe spoke of this event being held on the eve of the centenary of the Canakkale Sea and Land Battles that would be for Turkey the beginning of their commemorations, and of the words of comfort by Ataturk for the Anzac mothers of the fallen in Turkey that are emotive and enduring. Hopefully all the commemorating and conferring will have a beneficial impact and a tangible result.