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Gallipoli Then & Now: Bonds Forged by War

  • MAGNET Level 2, 640-650 Bourke St Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 Australia (map)

In the 75th Anniversary of Gallipoli Landing Corporal Adil Sahin of Buyuk Anafartalar and West Australian Len Hall of the 10th Light Horse met as friends on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915 battlefield they once fought on as enemies. They warmly shook hands and Adil hugged Len as if he had found his long lost friend.


Photography by Vedat Acikalin


The follow-on from Acikalin’s 2011 exhibition, When Old Foes Meet.  Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign, this new exhibition once again commemorates the Australian and Turkish soldiers who served and sacrificed themselves at Gallipoli in 1915.

For over 30 years Turkish-Australian photojournalist, Vedat Acikalin has documented the bonds and friendships forged through this experience of war. He has photographed the soldiers as old men, meeting in friendship on the very battlefields where they once fought as enemies when they were young. He captures the ongoing bond forged not only between the men, but also with their children and descendants. Acikalin honours their stories and memory through these poignant photographs.


OPENING Tue, Nov 10 2015, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

by The Hon. Ted Ballieu
Former Premier of Victoria
Chair of the Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee


by Mehmet Küçüksakalli
Melbourne General Consul of Turkish Republic


Later Event: December 6
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