Ataturk Memorial Unveiled in Sydney

19 February 2015

Today a ceremony was held outside the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park south to unveil a plaque recognising Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s words of comfort to the Anzac mothers who lost their sons in Gallipoli in the Great War.

The plaque has been erected in this location on a temporary basis in recognition of the enduring friendship forged between the people of Turkey and Australia, who fought on opposite sides of the Great War as a Centenary of Anzac Advisory Council endorsed project, with the support of the NSW and Turkish Governments.

The plaque provides the text of speech written by Mustafa Kemal in 1934 in memory of the allied soldiers who fell during the Gallipoli campaign.

On this day
19 November

1940 — No.3 Squadron RAAF were involved in the first air combat with the Italians in North Africa

1941 — HMAS SYDNEY was lost with its entire crew of 645 (41 Officers, 594 sailors, 6 RAAF and 4 civilians) in a sudden and disastrous encounter with the German raider KORMORAN off the coast of Western Australia. KORMORAN also sank with the loss of 82 lives