One hundred years on: ANZAC Day commemorations, 2015
ANZAC Day is an important day for many Australians, the day being marked by formal, contemplative events, along with the camaraderie of meeting up with friends afterwards.
One hundred years on from the landing of troops at Gallipoli, the Library commissioned five professional photographers to capture the day, documenting how the people of New South Wales spent the 25th of April, 2015.
The photographers brief was to capture both the formal and informal aspects of the day, including people involved in the ceremonies and March and spectators lining the streets.
In Sydney, the Dawn Service, the March through the city and the sunset service were captured by photographers Lyndal Irons and James Alcock. The ceremonies and events held at Bigge Park, Liverpool were photographed by Louise Whelan and Singleton events were documented by Jay Worling, a local photographer. The Camp Gallipoli event, held at Moore Park, Sydney was attended by Gerrit Fokkema who, with great dedication, camped overnight with attendees.
Photographers were briefed to document the pre and post march activities and to also capture the wider environment of streets, crowds, shops and advertising in the background, ‘backstage’ areas and spectators taking photographs.
Lyndal Irons captured many informal scenes, including George and Kim Liu travelling home on the train from the Sydney March, (Inner West Line). George explained to Lyndal;
Both Kim and I come from military families and Anzac day is a tradition that we participate in every year. We have been up since 430am… I am currently attached to the Navy, and I participated in the March in the city with HMAS Kuttabul. In good traditions of Anzac days, we've meet up with friends (both service and civilian) from all parts of Sydney to enjoy a few quite moments together. The time of this photo was on our way home, Kim was showing me some of the parade photos, as my perspective would be quite different from hers.
Lyndal also captured images of spectators lined up down George St, including one of Dick Smith holding a simple sign saying ‘Thanks’. She also managed to find her way into parks and pubs after the formal ceremonies.
James Alcock, our second city photographer focused on close-up photographs of attendees, bringing out some of the characters of our city.
Gerrit Fokkema produced some wonderful images of Camp Gallipoli, a one-off event where people paid to spend ‘a night under the stars’ in Moore Park. Gerrit was particularly interested in documenting people using their smart phones and portable devices in the dark.
Louise Whelan, based at Bigge Park, Liverpool documented the many activities that took place, including soldier re-enactors, entertainers and a theatre production.
Jay Worling in Singleton documented a regional ANZAC Day, focusing on marching bands, cadets and the community atmosphere.
These ANZAC Day photographs are examples of documentary photography the Library continues to collect, for the information conveyed in them about society, people and locations in New South Wales.
These images are now part of the Library’s permanent collection, providing a snapshot of New South Wales one hundred years on from the Gallipoli campaign.