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
19 September

1918 — Battles of MEGIDDO, NABLUS and SHARON involving the 5th Australian Light Horse Brigade. These battles launched the final offensive against the Turks in Palestine and Syria  

1943 — 2/6th Independent Company captured KIAPIT, New Guinea. An airfield was then constructed in the area and it became the base for 7th Div operations in the Markham Valley. This is noted as one of the outstanding Australian actions of WW2