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ANZAC Memories

ANZAC Memories

Guide to contributing Anzac Pilgrims

These journal entries and image captions are exact transcriptions of the original documents. Some passages have been deleted.

All photographs and written material reproduced with permission of photographers/authors.

Danielle Musca



Date of pilgrimage: 27 August 2001
The experience: The whole day was so emotionally exhausting. Words can't describe the feelings of pride, saddness and awe that you feel for the people who served there especially the Aussies.

View extract from Danielle Musca's travel journal

David Carney

Guy playing 2-up

Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 1995
The experience: Spirits were high and friendships were strong. Australians and New Zealanders again bonded in mateship that had been born in adversity and had endured for 80 years.

Read article by David Carney sent to the Office of the Minister for Trade

Glenn Morrison

Glen Morrison with flag on beach 


Date of pilgrimage: 24-25 April 2001
The experience: This was the dream that every Aussie and Kiwi, and quite a few Turks, had dreamt since childhood. To be at Gallipoli for Anzac Day, and particularly to experience this moment, was something that I don't think you could top really.

View article by Glenn Morrison rewritten in 2003

Julie Ager & Jan Croggon

Two women on Anzac Cove 


Date of pilgrimage: 1978
The experience: As backpackers in our mid-twenties we made the pilgrimage to Gallipoli for Anzac Day in 1978, long before the current iconic mass pilgrimage was even beginning to emerge.

Read letters written by Julie Ager and Jan Croggon to their parents

Lauren Cooper

Two women at dawn service

Date of pilgrimage: 25th April 2001
The experience: My main purpose of my visit to Turkey was to head to Gallipoli peninsular for ANZAC Day. I've have never in my life felt more proud to be an Australian.
Read group email sent by Lauren Cooper

Lisa Cairnduff

Veteran and woman

Date of pilgrimage: 26th April 1990
The experience: The bay is full of naval ships (destroyers etc, all like in battleships!!) as well as a aussie submarine. As it's getting darker, the atmosphere is just getting better & better.

Read journal entry by Lisa Cairnduff

Melanie Hinde

People walking on Anzac Cove 



Date of pilgrimage: 24-25 April 2003
The experience: We found this day really important to both of us. Craig and I have been seeing all these old temples and forts and buildings and churches, learning about all the history of many other countries and for the first time we were learning and understanding about our own.

Read group email sent by Melanie Hinde

Rebecca Fortescue

Sun above Lone Pine Memorial 

Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 2001
The experience: It was awful to be able to put in perspective on what the guys went through. Some of the trenches were only a road width apart.

Read journal entry by Rebecca Fortescue

Rhys Haynes

Australian with flag draped over back on beach 


Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 2001
The experience: Another guy said he had overheard a man say it was at Gallipolli the closest he'd ever been to his Grandfather another said he'd finally walked the footsteps of his own father.

Read journal entry by Rhys Haynes

Robert Atkins

Man in front of memorial at Lone Pine 


Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 2000
The experience: When we finally got there the scene was amazing. There were just so many people. All the estimates I've heard so far range between 12 and 15 *thousand* people, 95% of them under 30, crowding around the new monument.

Read group email sent by Robert Atkins

Anne Comber

Lady inside memorial 


Date of pilgrimage: August 1998
The experience: I have so many memories which I can clearly recall about visiting Gallipoli, mostly the senselessness of the whole campaign.

Read some extracts from a book of letters written by Year 5 students taken to Lone Pine by Anne Comber in 1998

Skye Sargent

Five people with view of beach and cove behind 

Date of pilgrimage:24 April 2002
The experience: My thoughts struggled between how beautiful the landscape of Gallipoli is & how much blood shed must of occurred 87 years before.

Read journal entries by Skye Sargent

Martin and Heloise Tolar

Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 2002
The experience: As I stood shoulder to shoulder in the dark and biting wind with New Zealanders, Turks and fellow Australians, I asked myself why? What made me come halfway around the world to this place?

Read articles by Martin and Heloise Tolar written for the Hills News

Pam Coogan

Date of pilgrimage: 25 April 2001
The experience: I came home wanting the spread the "Gospel of Gallipoli", there seemed to be something about the place that made you want to do it,...

Read letter to the Goodna SES Group by Pam Coogan