Gallipoli: Then and Now
Twilight Talk at the BMI, Friday June 12.
‘Gallipoli: Then and Now’ was a talk the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute will remember. Gael Shannon, along with her partner Danny Spooner and local friends Heather McLeod and Ewan Barker presented a really interesting perspective on the Gallipoli campaign. The story was told through music, songs and personal stories from ANZAC and Ottoman soldiers, nurses and journalists.
Personal stories of war
These first hand experiences demonstrated clearly the horrors and futility of war. The personal stories told of terrible conditions, and the number of casualties and deaths on all sides revealed that there is no glory in war.
Fragments from a war past
To complement the telling of the Gallipoli story, Gael also showed evocative historical photos and paintings which, in their own way, were quite remarkable in their simplicity but also in their detail.
Two quotes that seemed most poignant were – to paraphrase –
“our sons were their sons”
and, “…give comfort to the kin of the men who died”.
In ‘Gallipoli: Then and Now’, Gael also presented an interesting, contemporary account of the five year archaeological dig at North Beach, which concluded last year.