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
22 February

1970 — HMAS PERTH bombarded enemy troop assembly points near NUI DAT, Vietnam, in support of 1st. Australian Task Force attacks. PERTH destroyed buildings, wells, bridges, and boats

2003 — Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Team 3 arrived in BAHRAIN, for service in the Persian Gulf / Iraq as part of Australia’s commitment to Operation Falconer (the war in Iraq)