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ANZAC Day captured in 2015

The photographers brief was to capture both formal and informal aspects of the day - people involved in the ceremonies and spectators lining the streets.

In Sydney, the dawn service, the march through the city and the sunset service were photographed by Lyndal Irons and James Alcock. Events at Bigge Park, Liverpool were photographed by Louise Whelan and Singleton’s commemoration was documented by Jay Worling. ‘Camp Gallipoli’ at Moore Park, was covered by Gerrit Fokkema who, with great dedication, camped overnight.

Photographers were asked to show the pre and post march activities and to include the wider environment of streets, crowds, shops, advertising posters, ‘backstage’ areas and spectators taking photographs. In giving this brief, we were influenced by the kinds of documentary photographs that people value in our collection. Sam Hood’s photographs of early twentieth century Sydney, for example, are full of incidental detail.

Lyndal Irons noted her conversations with people she photographed. She met George and Kim Liu who were travelling home on the Inner West line. George explained;

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 4.30 am… 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 documented the crowds along George Street. She managed to find her way into parks and pubs after the formal ceremonies.

Also in the city, James Alcock, focused on close-ups of people who attended the march, bringing out some of the characters of Sydney.

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 showing people who were using their smart phones and portable devices in the dark.

Crowd at Dawn Service, Martin Place, Sydney
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110595965
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Item 21: Singleton citizens at Dawn Service, Singleton, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Jay Worling

Singleton citizens at Dawn Service, Singleton, NSW
25 April 2015
Jay Worling
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IE5592292
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Item 28: Jamidee Messina (cadet), Matthew Campbell and Chantel Spiteri pose for photo after breakfast in the foyer of the Club Liverpool, George St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

Jamidee Messina (cadet), Matthew Campbell and Chantel Spiteri pose for photo after breakfast in the foyer of the Club Liverpool, George St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588882
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L to R, Brothers Russell and Christopher Baldock set up camp, Moore Park, N.S.W
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596019
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Dick Smith and wife Pip amidst the Anzac March crowds near the Queen Victoria Building, George St, Sydney
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596101
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Item 45: The 18th Battalion Living History Group pose in front of the Anzac monument at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

The 18th Battalion Living History Group pose in front of the Anzac monument at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588899
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Friends catch up over beer and Two Up at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Pitt St, Sydney
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596112
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Naval Officer Jai Coppen prepares for the ANZAC Day March in Castlereagh St, Sydney
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110595986
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Australian Air Force Cadets near the newly installed Tony Albert sculpture, Yininmadyemi – Thou didst let fall, commemorating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service men and women, Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596108
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Item 57: The 18th Battalion Living History Group prepare for a World War I battle re-enactment at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

The 18th Battalion Living History Group prepare for a World War I battle re-enactment at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588911
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L to R, Donna Moclair, Annette Baird(power chair) and Margaret Markham who went to school together at Holy Cross in Bondi Junction and have been friends for over 30 years, Moore Park
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596021
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 L to R, Lincoln Packer playing a game on his iPad, mother Jemma Packer watching entertainment on a large screen and daughter Matilda Packer with her iPad, Moore Park Showground, Moore Park, N.S.W
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596025
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4:25 am Anzac Day, people sleep at Moore Park Showground, in the glow of a large screen with an Australian soldier, head bowed, arms reversed as part of a Catafalqueparty, Moore Park
25 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596030
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Enlarged and re coloured WW1 photographs, faux sand bags and camoflage netting provide a backdrop for family photos, Moore Park, N.S.W
25 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596041
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Children take up a street level vantage point on Pitt Street as the ANZAC Day march goes by in Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110595989
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Caroline Horton and daughter Anna wrapped in Australian and New Zealand flags, Dawn Service, Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596095
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Rayghaan and Abdurahman Kasmani (and children) with Kamariah Swale. A family comes together to experience the dawn service at Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596096
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Portrait of a young drummer following the Dawn Service, Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596098
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A woman documents her own participation via a "selfie" mid-march, George St, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596105
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The Sri Dashmesh Pipe and Drum band who travelled from Malaysia to participate in the Sydney march, George Street, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596104
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People in the crowd photograph the march and display hand made signs commemorating 100 years, Bathurst Street, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596106
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Social scene post march at The Windsor on Park, Park St, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596109
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George Liu and wife Kim catch the train home following Anzac Day ceremonies in Sydney
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596113
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After the security check, people carrying bedding and personal items made their way through a corridor of faux sand bags, Moore Park, N.S.W
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596013
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The majority of people who attended Camp Gallipoli Sydney set up their camp sites at the Moore Park Showground site, Moore Park, N.S.W
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596017
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Street scene at the entry to Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596110
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Crowds line George Street as the 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers march by, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110595990
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The majority of people who attended Camp Gallipoli Sydney set up their camp sites at the Moore Park Showground site, Moore Park, N.S.W
24 April 2015
Gerrit Fokkema
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110596017
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Flight Leiutenant Tanushree Das with her family at Hyde Park, Sydney
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110595973
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Item 18: Road Closed, Civic Ave, Singleton, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Jay Worling

Road Closed, Civic Ave, Singleton, NSW
25 April 2015
Jay Worling
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IE5592382
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Street scene at the entry to Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
Lyndal Irons
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110596110
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Item 14: An estimated 7000 plus watch the Dawn Service, Bigg Park, 124 Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

An estimated 7000 plus watch the Dawn Service, Bigg Park, 124 Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588868
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Crew of H.M.A.S Yarra march along George St, Sydney, NSW
25 April 2015
James Alcock
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110596007
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Item 59: Andrew Parrott (stretcher bearer) helps Salih Alkan (Turkish Solider) prepare for a re-enactment by The 18th Battalion Living History Group at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

Andrew Parrott (stretcher bearer) helps Salih Alkan (Turkish Solider) prepare for a re-enactment by The 18th Battalion Living History Group at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588913
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Item 64: The 18th Battalion Living History Group showing members of the public their WWI objects on display at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW, 25 April 2015 / photograph by Louise Whelan

The 18th Battalion Living History Group showing members of the public their WWI objects on display at the Liverpool Anzac Centenary Commemoration Event, Bigge Parke, Bigge St, Liverpool, NSW
25 April 2015
Louise Whelan
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9588918
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Louise Whelan, documented the many activities that took place at Bigge Park, Liverpool, including soldier re-enactors, entertainers and a theatre production.

In Singleton, Jay Worling provided glimpses of a regional Anzac Day, focusing on marching bands, cadets and community atmosphere.

These images are examples of documentary photography that the Library continues to collect, with the aim of showing society, people and locations in New South Wales.

They provide a snapshot of life 100 years on from the Gallipoli campaign.


Elise Edmonds, Senior Curator, Research and Discovery


 

4:25 am Anzac Day, people sleep at Moore Park Showground, in the glow of a large screen with an Australian soldier, head bowed,arms reversed as part of a Catafalqueparty, Moore Park, N.S.W, 25 April 2015
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