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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.