The Turkish Story
Kevin Fewster, Vecihi Basarin &
story of the Gallipoli campaign focussing on the Turkish
perspective. Includes interviews with Turkish migrants
to Australia and their children about their thoughts on
Gallipoli and Australia.
occupies a special place in the national memory of Australia,
New Zealand and Turkey. For the British, French, Indians
and Germans, the Gallipoli campaign is remembered as just
another name in a long, tragic list of World War I battles.
For Turks, Australians and New Zealanders it is something
apart; a significant event in the self-development of
their individual nations. As such, the battles have not
been allowed to fade in people's memories.'
Almost every Australian and New Zealander has heard the
story of the Anzacs at Gallipoli, yet most wouldn't recognise
the battle by its Turkish name, the Battle of Canakkale,
or recognise the battle as an invasion of foreign land.
In fact very few Australians and New Zealanders are familiar
with the battle beyond the experiences of our own soldiers.
But what of the victors-the Ottoman armies who fought
with great bravery and distinction at Gallipoli? Gallipoli:
The Turkish Story portrays the view from the Turkish side of the trenches, and
in doing so paints a richer portrait of the past and broadens
our knowledge and understanding of this tragic event.
When Alec Campbell, the last surviving soldier from Gallipoli,
passed away in 2002, his death was mourned by Australians
and Turks alike. In the last decade or so Turks and Australians
have seemingly buried their enmity and now see Gallipoli
as a unique bond between two nations-a central element
upon which their friendship is bound. This bond has encouraged
a growth of respect and interest in each other's countries
and cultures which is increasing rather than diminishing
as time passes.
About the Authors
FEWSTER was born in Australia in 1953. He has been researching
World War I for the past twenty years and from 1976 to
1979 he taught history at the University of New South
Wales, Royal Military College, Duntroon. He holds a PhD
from the University of New South Wales is now the Director
of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Kevin Fewster is the
editor of Gallipoli Correspondent: The frontline diary
of C.E.W.Bean, published in 1983. He was made a Member
of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to museums
and maritime heritage.
BASARIN was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1947. He trained
in Turkey as a chemical engineer and later lived and worked
in Norway, the United States, Brazil, Germany and the
UK before migrating to Australia in 1973. He recently
established his own consulting company after working many
years in public and private sectors in energy and engineering
related fields as a manager.
HÜRMÜZ BASARIN was born in Izmir in Turkey in
1955. She trained in Turkey as a town planner and migrated
to Australia in 1979. Since then she has completed a Masters
degree in urban planning at the University of Melbourne
and has worked as a policy and research officer on land
use planning, local government and public housing related
BasrIn and Hatice Hürmüz Basarin re coauthors
of The Turks in Australia: Twenty-five years down under which was published in 1993
to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of migration
from Turkey. The book focuses on the achievements of families
on the very first migrant charter flights that flew from
Turkey to Australia in1968. They have two daughters, Zeynep