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Dr V John Basarin

Dr V John Basarin, known for his expertise of the World War I conflict, has been awarded a PhD by Deakin University.  His thesis, entitled Battlefield Tourism: Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli is the culmination of a life long interest in Gallipoli.

He first visited Gallipoli as a 10-year-old Turkish boy with his father.  “My father said to me, ‘Son, this is where Turkey was born’, pointing to the hills of Gallipoli,” he says. “Little did I know on the other side of the world, in what was to become by adopted country, Australian people felt the same.”

Since he migrated to Australia in 1973, Dr Basarin has become a well known and popular speaker on the subject of Gallipoli and has co-authored six books in both English and Turkish.  He has also written many articles and conference papers on his research and been awarded a PhD by Deakin University.  Dr Basarin is a frequent television and radio guest offering expert opinion on Gallipoli.  He regularly leads tours to Turkey and Gallipoli and is project manager of  Gallipoli-2015 and its ANZAC centenary travel program.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey John Basarin trained as a chemical engineer.  Apart from Melbourne, he lived and worked in Norway, USA, Brazil, Germany and the UK.  So he has personally experienced the value of  international travel and friendships that he encourages young people to embrace through the Rotary Youth Foundation and Friends of Gallipoli.