A MESMERISING collection of First World War photographs will be on display around Bass Coast for the next month.
The Australian War Memorial’s digital exhibition, ‘A Camera on Gallipoli’, featuring a stunning array of stills taken by Sir Charles Ryan, is running at Inverloch Community Hub until March 31.
It will then move to Phillip Island RSL and Wonthaggi Plaza, where the exhibition will end on May 5.
Bass Coast Shire Council successfully applied for the exhibition through an Expression of Interest with the Australian War Memorial.
In 1914, at the age of 61, Sir Ryan was appointed consulting surgeon to the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), embarking from Melbourne in October towards the Middle East and on to Gallipoli.
‘A Camera on Gallipoli’ showcases a series of 39 candid photographs captured by Sir Ryan while serving with the AIF in Turkey in 1915.
The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, says Sir Ryan’s photographs capture the reality behind the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, depicting a unique and often harsh view of our soldiers’ experiences.
“Ryan’s photographs reflect the Australians’ true experience of war, depicting the dry, forbidding landscape, tired troops in the trenches, and squalid dug-outs,” Dr Nelson said.
“Ryan also managed to capture the true spirit of the Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli.
“Their mateship, stoicism and endurance underpin the photographs and embody the meaning of the Anzac spirit.”
Behind the photographs in the exhibition is the story of Sir Ryan’s remarkable life.
He served as a doctor with the Turkish army in 1877/78, treated Ned Kelly at Glenrowan, was a leading Melbourne surgeon and gave long service as a senior military officer.
He was extended high civil and military recognition by his peers.
The exhibition is an initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Check out the display at the following locations and dates:
• Inverloch Community Hub until March 31
• Phillip Island RSL April 11 to April 28
• Wonthaggi Plaza April 29 to May 5.