Richard Courcier and Henk Kaptein look over the ?Gallipoli? exhibition which will open at the Grafton Regional Gallery tomorrow
Richard Courcier and Henk Kaptein look over the ?Gallipoli? exhibition which will open at the Grafton Regional Gallery tomorrow

A Turkish perspective

By EMMA CORNFORD

IMAGES of Turkish soldiers standing with ox-carts, streets on fire and the Turkish infantry marching through Constantinople.

They are rarely-seen images from 1915 in Gallipoli, when events not only shaped the ANZAC legend as we know it, but carved out a path for the history of the Ottoman Empire.

Come tomorrow the rare collection of photographs and artefacts will be on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery, in an exhibition that education and publicity officer Cher Breeze hopes will promote compassion and understanding.

"We see so many images from the Australian side of things, but not so much of those people who lived in Turkey and lived through the war," she said.

"There are always two sides to any conflict and this tells the story of those people and what they saw. The pictures are very rare ... so we're really glad they're being seen here."

The exhibition, travelling from the Australian War Memorial, is called 'Gallipoli ? A Turkish View' and will be on show until August 13.

The official opening by Clarence Valley mayor Ian Tiley will begin at 10.30am.



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