Gallipoli and Beyond

On 25 April 2015, Australia and New Zealand commemorated the centenary of the Anzac landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Gallipoli has special significance to many Australians. For the families of those men and women who served at Gallipoli, and in the many other battles and campaigns of the First World War, the 2015 commemorations were particularly poignant.

In light of this, a volunteer based committee was formed and has been delivering events and activities since November 2014.

The Gallipoli and Beyond Committee

In partnership with the City of Boroondara, the Gallipoli and Beyond Committee is made up of members from the historical societies of Balwyn, Kew, Canterbury, Hawthorn, Surrey Hills and Camberwell - as well as the Boroondara Historical Society Association, the Friends of Boroondara Cemetery and Kew RSL.

Events and activities

To mark this significant occasion, the City of Boroondara commissioned Boroondara Remembers: Stories of World War I, a local account of the impact of WWI on the Boroondara community of the time.

Highlights of the centenary events and activities that promoted historical, social and cultural understanding of this historic event included:
  • Presentation of Girls in Grey, a theatre production inspired by the diaries and letters of our own Australian Army Nurses.
  • An ABC-style Q&A event that discussed the topic Anzac Day: Past, Present and Future. The event was moderated by Cr Coral Ross and the panel consisted of the Hon. Ted Baillieu, Claire Chisholm, Serdar Baycan, Lt Col Neil Smith AM (retired) and professors Marilyn Lake  and Joseph Camilleri OAM.
  • Numerous talks on people including Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliott, solider Stroud Langford and Sir John Monash.
  • Walking and bus tours around Boroondara.
  • Dawn Service and commemorative tree planting service.
  • Boroondara Remembers: Signal Box Painting Project - the painting of the VicRoads Traffic signal boxes was a community art project organised by the Committee with schools and community organisations across Boroondara. The boxes were all painted in a WWI theme and are located within the City of Boroondara. This project was undertaken from May to November 2015.

The final event in the program took place on 11 November 2015.

    This event highlighted all of the events and activities produced by the Gallipoli and Beyond Committee. In memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts the one minute’s silence was observed at 11am.


    Thank You

    The Gallipoli & Beyond Committee would like to thank past and present members of the committee as well as those who have assisted in designing, developing and producing both the publication and the commemorative events.

    These people include:
    • Phillip Cookson, Philology
    • Luke Harris, Working Type Design
    • Fiona Poulton and Katherine Sheedy, Way Back When Consulting Historians
    • Greg Collins, GCM Imaging
    • Harry Glenn, Mossgreen Auctions
    • Colin Robinson from Springvale Historical Society
    • Janet Woolhouse
    • Lynn Barry
    • Vicky Leigh
    • Boroondara CWA
    • Surrey Hills Progress Association
    • Kew RSL
    • Australian War Museum
    • Sainsbury Bookshop, Camberwell.

    The publication and events were supported by the:

    • Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council Anzac Centenary Community Grants Program
    • Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program

    Anzac Centenary website

    If you would like to share your stories and photographs relating to WWI please visit the ANZAC Centenary website.

    The website includes historical information and photographs, resources to research family and community history, and links to other important websites.

    A key feature of the website is an online portal where people can register local commemorative events and share their own connection to WWI.

    For more information contact Arts and Culture: