Letters and Stories

Read the stories of the brave men and women who went to war

and their connection to the region.

Disastrous August offensive

Locked into entrenched stalemates with occasional costly but inconsequential forays, the Gallipoli campaign.

In the foothills success - above the impossible

August offensive began on August 6 with a diversionary attack on Lone Pine.

Angels of mercy and brave bearers

More than 3,000 Australian civilian nurses volunteered for active service during the First World War.

Futile charges in no man's land

Indecisive battles along entrenchments on the Western Front continued in 1915

The Nek

Below to the right lay the Australian trenches at The Nek, the narrow strip of flat land about the size of a football field.

Turkish tenacity and a brilliant leader

A Turkish Lieutenant Colonel with piercing blue eyes and a powerful presence stepped forward as the Anzacs landed.

A catastrophe Pompey Elliot predicted

200 metres of open ground was twice the distance recommended for a frontal charge at defences.

Indigenous Attitudes

‘Too Dark for the Light Horse’

A bleak winter looms

After the heat, hundreds freeze to death in trenches. ‘It has been snowing all day and my hands are like blocks of wood

British Army Graveyard Kindermord

The first battle of Ypres began on October 20, 1914, near the end of the Race for the Sea.

On we went as if in a dream (Multi Media Box 3)

“ ... on we went as if in a dream ..’

At the fork

‘Men passing the fork in Monash Valley used to glance at the place (as one of them said) as a man looks at a haunted house.’ – Charles Bean.

Periscopes and Rifles

The periscope rifle devised by Lance Corporal William Beech after five of his comrades were killed in the Turkish May offensive.

The first week

Unable to achieve their objectives on the heights of Chunuk Bair and Achi Baba, the Anzacs and the British dug in. Gallipoli.

Disease, heat and flies

As the summer swelter set in, the Anzacs cursed billions of flies drawn by unsanitary conditions.