Welcome to Friends of Gallipoli
Friends of Gallipoli promote friendship and understanding. Almost 100 years ago, Australian and Turkish youths engaged in a military contest. Today, this shared history is the backdrop for mutual understanding.
The heritage of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey are forever linked in the 1915 Gallipoli campaign. Popular interest in the campaign has led many young people travel to Gallipoli as a rite of passage. But not all have that opportunity.
Friends of Gallipoli initiates learning programs and Youth Tours that give young people the chance to explore their mutual ties to Gallipoli. Australian and Turkish youths explore a shared history and the rich and rewarding bounty of international friendship.
In 2016 Friends of Gallipoli will facilitate a purpose-designed tour to:
- Visit ANZAC and Turkish areas of Gallipoli battlefields
- Attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service at North Beach
- Discover sites of historical and cultural importance
- Interact with Turkish people and local dignitaries
Past tours have proved a unique cultural experience, beneficial to personal growth and expanded young people’s global perspective.
The much anticipated Centenary of the Gallipoli campaign has arrived with much fanfare. However, some of the difficult issues about what happened a hundred years ago still remain largely unexplored such as the reasons why Australia would invade a country she had no quarrel with. Or, what it was like to be on the other side of the trenches.