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Remembrance Flame, State War Memorial, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Swan River, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: State Memorial in Kings Park, Perth

15 September 2012.*

It’s a beautiful warm afternoon for the final week of winter, and my friends in the western Australian city of Perth have suggested we spend the afternoon in one of their city’s parks, the Kings Park and Botanical Garden.

We arrive at the State War Memorial with (this east) view of the Swan River and the Darling Scarp (Darling Range, Perth Hills) in the distance. The war memorial includes the Flame of Remembrance (foreground) and the State War Memorial proper with Cenotaph and Court of Contemplation, an important site for commemorative events.

* The recorded high temperature for this date in metropolitan Perth was 26 degrees Celsius (79F): not bad for the final week of winter.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 15 September 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/1250-sec, f/8, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a14.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Domain, Auckland CBD, Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Metro Domain, Auckland War Memorial

31 July 2012.

At Auckland’s Tamaki Paenga Hira, I spend an afternoon inside the War Memorial building, which houses the War Memorial History museum with the world’s largest Maori and Pacific Island Collection. I step outside to this northwest facing view toward’s the city downtown area (CBD) and the needle that is the Sky Tower which dominates the city’s skyline.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 31 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/320-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-aow.

Canberra: Remembering Gallipoli at the Atatürk Memorial Garden

In Canada, places like Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and Flanders Field resonate in the collective national history.

For Australia and New Zealand, it is Gallipoli, known in modern Turkish history as the battle of Çanakkale.

On 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand (ANZAC) troops stormed the Turkish Gallipoli peninsula in support of the British Empire’s efforts to secure the high ground over the narrow Dardanelles strait and approach from the eastern Mediterranean into the Sea of Marmara and beyond to the Black Sea. The Turks repelled the advance and the British retreated from the region eight months later after suffering great losses. In total on all sides, there were up to 400-thousand casualties.


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Canberra: Remembering ANZACs at Australian War Memorial

ANZAC Day is held annually on the 25th of April to commemorate Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) from the First World War and ANZAC military personnel in subsequent service around the world.

The day also marks the 1915 anniversary when ANZAC troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The attempted move did not end well for the ANZACs, as the Ottomans successfully repelled the invasion force. The land invasion stalled after eight months with subsequent withdrawal from Turkey to Egypt.

ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand has surpassed the commemoration of Remembrance Day held annually on the 11th of November in Commonwealth nations, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

In the Australian capital city of Canberra, the Australian War Memorial is a grand structure, housing an impressive collection of historical artifacts, collections, and documents, outlining and describing Australian action at home and overseas. One day or an afternoon makes for a great introduction, but multiple visits are required to plumb the depths of their extensive archives. At the end of every day, the War Memorial closes its doors with a farewell to visitors in the “Last Post” ceremony, beginning at 455pm local time.

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ANZAC Day, Sydney 2013

Sydney: ANZAC Day (2013)

The guns are silent.

In Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance to mark the 1915 landing at dawn of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in World War 1 (WW1). The Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) saw their first WW1 military action in Gallipoli as part of an Allied expeditionary force whose aim was to free passage for allied shipping through the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and onwards to Constantinople (now Istanbul). Instead, months of heavy fighting became a stalemate with major losses on both sides.

The importance of this date for both countries has ensured that ANZAC Day takes place annually on the 25th of April. In the present, ANZAC Day is a day to remember Australians and New Zealanders who have represented and served their countries in combat and peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Most veterans from the two great world wars of the 20th-century are gone, and soon, they’ll all fade away; the last surviving Australian participant at Gallipoli died in 2002. If ANZAC day has become an excuse for consumption and frivolity, the historical context for present-day commemoration is in danger of becoming lost. Michael Brissenden of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation wrote:

… It’s clear now that Anzac Day has grown to become our most important commemorative day. But is that in itself enough? Should it also spark more of a national conversation? And shouldn’t we at least try and invest the day with what historians like Clare Wright call “historical authenticity”? Along with the mass patriotic sentiment, the huge crowds and even the football grudge matches the day now inspires, some are still searching for more.

The guns are silent on ANZAC Day.

The photographs below reflect a small cross-section of people and their memories. By pure chance, I’m glad to have met and chatted with Australian World War 2 war-veteran Ken Curran, a member of the Order of Australia.

I made all of the photos below on ANZAC Day (25 April) 2013 in the Sydney CBD. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-3gp.

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