On this day 104 years ago, forces from New Zealand and Australia landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula, hoping to force a quick Turkish surrender. Alas, this was not to be the case, and nine months later the campaign was abandoned, the surviving troops evacuated.
Great suffering was caused by the loss of so many of our young men, but this campaign also showcased attitudes and attributes – bravery, tenacity, practicality, ingenuity, loyalty to King and comrades – that helped Australia define itself as a nation, even as it fought unquestioningly from the other side of the world. The concept of ‘mateship’ was born.
On behalf of the whole team we would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the armed services, and all those who dedicate their lives so we may continue to lead ours.
Australians are free to be proud of their country and heritage,
free to realise themselves as individuals, and free to pursue
their hopes and ideals. We value excellence as well as fairness,
independence as dearly as mateship.