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Bass Coast hosts Gallipoli photographs


The Australian War Memorial’s digital exhibition, A Camera on Gallipoli, featuring First World War photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan, will be on display throughout Bass Coast until early May.

Bass Coast Shire Council successfully applied for the exhibition through an Expression of Interest with the Australian War Memorial, with the photographic collection to be displayed at Inverloch Community Hub, Phillip Island RSL and Wonthaggi Plaza.

In 1914, at the age of 61, Sir Charles Ryan was appointed consulting surgeon to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), embarking from Melbourne in October towards the Middle East and on to Gallipoli.

A Camera on Gallipoli showcases a series of 39 candid photographs captured by Sir Charles Ryan while serving with the AIF in Turkey in 1915.

The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, says Sir Charles Ryan’s photographs capture the reality behind the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, depicting a unique and often harsh view of our soldiers’ experiences.

“Ryan’s photographs reflect the Australians’ true experience of war, depicting the dry, forbidding landscape, tired troops in the trenches, and squalid dug-outs,” Dr Nelson said.

“Ryan also managed to capture the true spirit of the Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli. Their mateship, stoicism and endurance underpin the photographs and embody the meaning of the Anzac spirit.”

Behind the photographs in the exhibition is the story of Sir Charles Ryan’s remarkable life. He served as a doctor with the Turkish army in 1877–78, treated Ned Kelly at Glenrowan, was a leading Melbourne surgeon and gave long service as a senior military officer. He was extended high civil and military recognition by his peers.

The exhibition is an initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

A Camera on Gallipoli is on display at;

  • Inverloch Community Hub 19 March – 31 March 2016
  • Phillip Island RSL 11 April – 28 April 2016
  • Wonthaggi Plaza 29 April – 5 May 2016