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.

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On this day
27 May

1965 — 3 RAR troops ambushed an Indonesian patrol at SUNGEI KOEMBA, during the Indonesian Confrontation

1965 — HMAS SYDNEY departed on the first of 24 voyages she made as the “Vung Tau Ferry”, transporting over 16,000 Army and RAAF personnel to and from the war in Vietnam. SYDNEY was escorted by HMA Ships MELBOURNE, DUCHESS, and PARRAMATTA.