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
24 March

1901 — NSW Imperial Bushmen captured a transport convoy and nine artillery pieces at VELDFONTEIN, South Africa, during the BOER WAR

1918 — ANZAC Mounted Division and Imperial Camel Corps troops conducted raids across the JORDAN RIVER and occupied the village of Es Salt

1944 — The “Great Escape” from Stalag Luft lll Prisoner Of War (POW) camp in Sagan, Germany (now Zagan, Poland). 50 POW's, including five Australians, were subsequently executed for their part in the escape

1965 — ASBLT J. HUTCHINSON, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), was killed when his aircraft, launched from HMAS MELBOURNE crashed into the Malacca Straits. He was the only RAN casualty of the Indonesian Confrontation