Video National treasures, 2004: Gallipoli boat

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'Gallipoli boat' is an episode of the series 'National treasures' produced in 2004. The episode features Lifeboat 6, a small lifeboat that was retrieved from Gallipoli five years after it had landed at Anzac Cove. The boat is now held at the Australian War Memorial. Warren Brown describes the difficult conditions on the boat, explaining that 28 soldiers had to fit into the very small space. He also talks about the difficult landings. Curator John White tells the story of the boat's journey back to Australia.

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  • In 1915, during World War I, Australian troops were part of an Allied landing at Gallipoli, Turkey. The aim was to open a way for Allied ships to attack Constantinople (now Istanbul), thereby allowing supply ships to help Russia in its fight against Germany. Turkey, an ally of Germany, controlled the Straits of the Dardanelles, stopping supply ships from entering the Black Sea and sailing to the main Russian port of Odessa. Upon landing at Gallipoli, Allied troops were to move overland and capture the Turkish guns that were overlooking the Straits, and then Allied ships could sail through safely to bombard and capture Constantinople, forcing Turkey to surrender. This was the first engagement of the war in which Australian troops had been involved in large numbers as part of an international group¬†- it was commonly seen as a 'test' of Australia as a nation.
  • The invasion troops were brought into the area on naval ships, and then loaded on lifeboats such as the one in the clip, and rowed silently into shore during darkness, just before dawn. The result was a disaster. The landing troops were not able to move up from the coast to seize the Turkish guns, and naval ships that tried to force their way up the Straits were sunk by mines. However, stories sent back from the landing by British and Australian journalists praised the fighting qualities of the Australian troops.
  • Nine months after the landing, all Allied troops were withdrawn. Despite the tactical failure of the landing, it has been commemorated ever since in Australia as our most significant national day. Anzac Day has been a nationally observed day since 1927.
Year level

8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History
  • Languages other than English
  • Studies of society and environment

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