Come and be transported back to WW1!

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Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 at 12am to Thursday, April 25th 2013 at 11:45pm

Gallipoli Peninsula, Gallipoli, Turkey

Çanakkale Province

Come along and have the time of your life as you embark on a historical adventure that only comes around once in a lifetime. Be inspired by former troops stories, listen to educated historical experts as they explain the causes of what was to be the Great War, as well as being in the presence of iconic and well-known Australian celebrities and artists as you relax and soak up the out of this world experience which spans for 3 days!

Enjoy history with our comprehensive WW1 speeches

Listen to former troops as they relive the stories or trench warfare, Gallipoli and all their other important achievements of the war. Feel the inspiration in their words from their triumphant victories to the terrible suffering they were forced to cope with. Speeches by these heroes will go for 1 hour each, so don't miss out. In support of our ANZAC's we have decided to introduce speeches from Turkish Gallipoli veterans who tell their side of the tale in truly memorable stories that will give you a real understanding of how both sides felt.

As well as past troops we will also have speeches from historical experts who will give the facts and figures of what caused the Great War and where the mighty ANZAC's fought. Also information on Australia's involvement in WW1, significant battles of WW1 for Australians, the impact of the Great War on the Australians on the home front and the significance of ANZAC Day to Australians.

About the causes of WW1

The immediate trigger of World War 1 was the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Austrian Empire on the 28th of June 1914. The heir's name was Archduke Franz Ferdinand and he was killed by Galvrilo Princip, a Slavic nationalist who had received his training, as well as his weapon with its ammunition by Serbia. After the heir was killed, Austria now had an excuse to crush Serbia, but needed to be sure of Germany's backing. Germany gave Austria a guarantee of military support, and on the 23rd of July Austria presented Serbia with an ultimatum. Austria knew that Serbia could never accept all of the terms of the ultimatum, especially its demand that Austrian troops be allowed to track down Serb terrorists inside Serbia.

Serbia accepted many of the demands and offered to discuss others, but Austria proceeded to declare war on the 28th of July. Russia began to mobilise its forces to support Serbia on July 30th, so Germany declared war on Russia on the 1st of August. After France declared it would stand by its Russian ally, on the 3rd of August Germany declared war on France. That then meant that Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Britain and their empires were rapidly drawn into a world war. For more information of the causes in extent, visit the following site:

The First World War: Part 1: Race To Arms

WW1 Australia's involvement in the war

When Britain declared war on Germany on the 4th August 1914, Australia was part of the British Empire and therefore was also at war. The Australian Labor Party Leader, Andrew Fisher, expressed a popular view when he pledged that Australia would back Britain 'to the last man and the last shilling'. Australia was not the only combatant that did not impose conscription, so individual Australians still had the choice whether or not they would fight. But enthusiastic volunteers from all over the country rushed to enlist. They left for personal reasons such as to escape unemployment, to travel or to seek adventure. Most joined believing that Britain's cause was right. They had been brought up to believe that men should be willing to die for their country and he empire, and that Australia needed to prove to Britain that Australians were heroic and worthy as being regarded as true Britons.

Australian involvement Anzac Day WW1


Between 1916 and 1918, all five Australian divisions took part in the terrible fighting on the Western Front. The Australian Flying Corps, the Australian Light Horse and the Australians in the Imperial Camel Forces played a big role in battles against the Turkish forces in Egypt and Palestine. In Australia's first action of WW1, the small Royal Australian Navy (RAN), sent its only battle cruiser the Australia with the Australian navy and military force to capture German New Guinea in September 1914. The RAN also escorted convoys of transport ships carrying troops to the war. It also served in the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the Mediterranean and the North sea.

Most of them men recruited into the Australian Imperial force at the outbreak of the first World War in August 1914, were sent to meet the threat which the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) posed to British interests in the Middle East and Suez Canal. The Anzac's arrived at what became known as ANZAC Cove on April the 25th 1915. All attempts made by the each side ended in failure for them and the most successful operation of the campaign was the evacuation of the troops on the 19th-20th of December undercover of a comprehensive deception operation. At the end of the campaign there had been 26,111 casualties and 8,141 deaths. Despite this, it has been said that Gallipoli had no influence on the course of the war. To find out the full story of Australia's battle against the Turks in Gallipoli, visit the following site:


On the 'Western Front' in France and Belgium, the great battles which the Australians fought in were: Fromelles, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele and Villers–Bretonneux. Of the more than 295,000 Australians who served in this theatre of war in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), 46,000 lost their lives and 132,000 were wounded.

In Their Own Words : ANZACs of the Western Front


As men went off to the war, many women entered the paid workforce. Thousands more helped with recruiting campaigns, fund-raising and charity work. The Australian government refused to allow women to serve in any direct roles in the military. Schools and community organisations involved children in patriotic activities including raising money and making clothes and equipment for war victims and troops. For more information on the home front visit the following website:


To many who fought in the war, Anzac Day was a reminder of their sacrifice and a chance to be reunited with the only people who could really understand what they had suffered. World War II and subsequent conflicts would bring new generations into the Anzac tradition. However, Anzac Day would continue to reflect divisions in Australia as much as it expressed national pride. Some Australians resented what they saw as its use by conservatives to glorify war. Perhaps today the meaning we give to Anzac Day can be shared by all Australians-pride in the courage and endurance of the Anzacs, sorrow for the terrible losses suffered by their generation and determination that such a tragic waste of lives should never be repeated.


Rub shoulders with iconic Australian celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, Guy Pearce, Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Shane Warne, Julia Gillard, Russel Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Sam Worthington, and many more as well as entertainment from Australian artists such as 360, Hilltop Hoods and Bliss n Esso, plus many more. Shows continue through the three-day festival and are all centred around World War 1, so it is not just fun, but educational as well.

TIMES What's on and when?

23rd: 12am-2am: Introduction ceremony to the Anzac Day Dawn Festival.

2am-4:30am: Story time; featuring former troops, their children, and present troops.

4:30am-6am; 360 vs. Hilltop Hoods vs. Bliss n Esso epic rap battle of ANZAC history, plus many more acts!

6am-6pm: Rides open, all activities and workshops begin and continue throughout the day.

7pm-8:51pm: Gallipoli (1981) is played on the big screen.

8:51pm-10pm: Julia Gillard addresses the audience as well as John Key.

24th: 6am-7:35pm:Rides open, all activities and workshops begin and continue throughout the day.

12pm-2:30pm: Cricket Match on the Peninsula between the Australian Cricket Team and the New Zealand Cricket Team.

4:15pm-5pm: Hugh Jackman and full group of Australian actors talk about the significance of Anzac Day.

25th: 12am-10am: Dawn service.

10:30am-11:45am: Anzac Day Parade.

12:00am-10pm:Rides open, all activities and workshops begin and continue throughout the day.

10:30pm-12am: Farewell ceremony.


There are various food options available such as a favourite to most Australians such as McDonald's, as well as independent stores from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Visit the Anzac Day Dawn Festival Restaurant and you can take your tastebuds on a war adventure as you experience what troops ate, with actual food available.

To find out more about what troops ate during the Great War, visit: