ANZAC-Turkish Centenary Research Program
The Centenary is extremely significant for Australia as a reflection on an event that played a formative role in the development of Australia's national identity. Similarly the Centenary has intense relevance for Turkey as the defence of Gallipoli is commemorated and events that were significant in the process of the formation of the modern Turkish state are remembered.
The ANZAC-Turkish Centenary Research Program builds upon the work that Macquarie University has undertaken since 2007 in partnership with the Australian War Memorial, Australian Defence Force Academy, and the Middle East Technical University in Ankara as part of the Gallipoli Centenary Research Project. With exclusive access to Turkish Military Archives and other archival Gallipoli battlefield documents the research team led by Harvey Broadbent and Prof Duncan Waterson from Macquarie University have translated over 2000 pages of Turkish documents and facilitated a range of other outcomes including the development of the ABC Website "Gallipoli, The First Day".
The ANZAC-Turkish Centenary Research Program will bring to life the lost history of the ANZACs recorded in World War 1 Turkish and German War Archives, war diaries, and Red Crescent records – the last remaining unrevealed document collections with ANZAC material. Importantly the program will extend the focus to all major campaigns involving ANZAC and Turkish forces, going beyond Gallipoli to also research Sinai and Palestine battles including the Suez Action (1915), Beersheba (1917), and Damascus (1918). Only a view from both sides – accessing previously unavailable Turkish and German documentation – can provide a complete understanding of the campaigns and answer questions of enduring historical importance.
The program will produce and adapt research outcomes for TV and radio documentary projects, produce a website for school students using research outcomes for teaching ANZAC studies, present research outcomes for research scholars, and also aims to enable young Australians and Turks to come together to study in peace, one hundred years after they first came together in tragic conflict. The program has a number of opportunities for partners to be involved in providing a fitting and lasting commemorative legacy of the service and actions of the ANZAC and Turkish armies for current and future generations of Australians and Turks.