Centre for Continuing Education

Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Record and Legacy

History. See the future. It’s in the past.

Harvey Broadbent
Harvey Broadbent AM is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, documentary film and TV producer. In January 2016 he received the prestigious award of Member of the Order of Australia for his life time’s work in researching and writing history and producing historical documentaries. The citation reads 'For significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and to tertiary education.'

From 2005 to 2015, Harvey was Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Modern History at Macquarie University. At Macquarie University he directed the Gallipoli Centenary Research Project – a project centred on the Turkish military archives and the Gallipoli Campaign. The outcomes of this project included two books; Gallipoli, the Turkish Defence and Defending Gallipoli, (MUP), his fourth and fifth books. From 1977 to 1999 he worked as a Producer and Executive Producer for the ABC.

The Gallipoli Campaign and Gallipoli ‘mythology’ is an enduring part of the cultural mythologies of both Turkey and Australia. This course examines the Gallipoli legacy in regards to national identity (of both Turkey and Australia) and how this legacy is informed, appropriated and sustained in various artistic expressions.

This course is the third in our Gallipoli series and is taught by lauded historian and author Harvey Broadbent. This course is preceded by Gallipoli: The Road to Gallipoli and Gallipoli: The Gallipoli Campaign, 1915. You do not need to have attended the previous courses to attend this one.


This course aims to give you an understanding of how the Gallipoli Campaign has entered the cultural consciousness of Australia and Turkey. This course also looks at how the Gallipoli myth has been appropriated in art, music and commemoration for promotion in national identity.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • recognise major artistic works inspired by the Gallipoli Campaign in both Australia and Turkey
  • analyse how artists and photographers have used and interpreted the events of the Gallipoli Campaign as inspiration for their work in both Australia and Turkey
  • determine the place of the creative arts in influencing attitudes to the Gallipoli Campaign
  • articulate how artists and photographers had a role in wartime and subsequently in the development of national consciousness’s about the Gallipoli campaign and war in general
  • describe how the Campaign from the earliest moments of the conflict subsequently became a vehicle for the development of national identity in both Australia and Turkey
  • articulate the different manifested elements in the development of these national identities.


Part 1:

  • The role and execution of The Anzac Book at Gallipoli and subsequently.
  • Analysis of the works of major artists and photographers, official and unofficial, involved with Gallipoli.
  • The role of Charles Bean at Gallipoli in 1915 and his Historical Mission of 1919.
  • An analysis of the musical outcomes from the first patriotic compositions such as Australia Will Be There, to the latter day ‘protest’ genre such as And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda (includes audio examples and an exclusive recorded interview with songwriter Eric Bogle).

Part 2:

  • The implications of the prominence of Gallipoli for Australia compared to the sidelining of the campaign in Britain from 1916 ad infinitum. Comparison with the Turkish profile of the campaign.
  • Australian wartime government concerns and actions to ensure that military performance in war should be universally, received positively.
  • How censorship and propaganda were used in print and film media for morale-building and recruitment, including use and viewing of the film Hero of the Dardanelles (1915) and the use of ‘fake news’.
  • The parallels in the Ottoman Empire, with examples of patriotic media, the effect of Ottoman press reporting on the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the associated personality cult.
  • The effect of the cult on the place of Gallipoli in the new Turkish Republic from the 1920s to the 1990s.
  • In Australia the parallels with the rise, decline and re-rise of Anzac Day in the 20th century.
  • The contemporary situation of the place of Gallipoli in the psyche of Australia and Turkey as affected by changing leadership.

Intended audience

People of all ages who wish to gain a detailed and nuanced knowledge of the Gallipoli Campaign.


A general knowledge and background reading of events in the First World War.

Delivery style

  • Lecture with audio-visual presentations
  • Interactive Q&A
  • Writing of a short analytical task


A course summary will be provided for each session.

Please bring a notebook and pen, laptop, or tablet for the writing task and note taking.

Recommended reading

Broadbent, Harvey, 2005, Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore, Penguin Books.

Broadbent, Harvey, 2015, Defending Gallipoli, Melbourne University Press.

Carlyon, Les, 2002, Gallipoli, Macmillan.

Moorhead, Alan, 1956, Gallipoli, Hamish Hamilton, London.

Rhodes-James, Robert, 1965, Gallipoli, Angus and Robertson.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion