Australia’s involvement in the events of Gallipoli during the first World War shaped then and now the discourse of the Australian Hero and the values of what it means to be one. The events of Gallipoli keep being retold in media products in the 100 years since the event – but these products reveal more about how Australian society believed what it took to be an Australian hero at the time it was made. Through looking at different media products about Gallipoli through time, we can see the changing Australian values towards what it means to be an Australian Hero.

To understand the representations created around Gallipoli, it’s important to have an understanding of the events that took place. Do some research on the web to answer these questions.

What happened at Gallipoli in 1915?

  1. In 50 words or less, describe what was significant about the events of Gallipoli in 1915 for Australia.
  2. What was the context of Gallipoli? What were the events that lead up to it? Why did Gallipoli happen?
  3. Give a brief summary of what happened in each of the periods indicated in the timeline below.

25th April (Landing)

26th April – 19th May (Consolidation)

19th – 14th May (Turkish Offensive)

25th May – July (Summer Stalemate)

August (August Offensive)

September – December (Winter Stalemate and Evacuation)

  1. 4. Why did the Anzacs fail to take Gallipoli?

Why has Gallipoli become so important to Australian identity?

Explore why Gallipoli is so important to Australians and their national identity. Why do you think that this is a story that we keep telling as a culture?