On ANZAC Day, Monday 25 April 2016, the nation will pause to remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, and its human qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, will always have meaning and relevance to our sense of national identity.
In honour of our veterans and service men and women, Currumbin RSL have partnered with the Australian War Memorial and will provide outdoor photographic exhibition ‘A Camera On Gallipoli’.
The Australian War Memorial’s digital exhibition A Camera on Gallipoli, featuring First World War photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan, will be installed along Pacific Parade on Currumbin Beach on Friday 15 April and remain on display until Tuesday 26 April.
‘A Camera On Gallipoli’ is one of Currumbin RSL’s many commemorative events in the lead-up to this years’ ANZAC Day. The club debuted this outdoor photographic exhibition in 2015 for the ANZAC Centenary. The exhibition was made possible due to the sponsorship by ten Gold Coast businesses. Each sponsor donated $2,000 each which was utilised for the printing of the photographic displays and their installation.
In 1914, at the age of 61, Sir Charles Ryan was appointed consulting surgeon to the 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, who in 1914 at 61 years of age was appointed consulting surgeon in the AIF and served at Gallipoli.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, says 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.”
Included in the exhibition is the story of Charles Ryan’s remarkable life. His many accomplishments include having served as a doctor with the Turkish army in 1877–78, treating Ned Kelly at Glenrowan, being a leading Melbourne surgeon and gave long service as a senior military officer. He was extended high civil and military recognition by his peers.
A camera on Gallipoli is on display at Pacific Parade on Currumbin Beach will be on display until Tuesday 26 April.