Friday, 10 April 2015

ANZAC Centenary online

By chance this morning I heard on Radio National Breakfast a segment on the Australian submarine the AE2.  Troops landing on the beaches at Anzac Cove is the iconic image of the Gallipoli campaign, but there was also an underwater story. You can listen to the segment here : how the AE2 was the first submarine to penetrate the Dardanelles defences and eluded capture for almost a week.  

The Royal Australian Navy features the AE2 story, and there is also an AE2 Commemorative Foundation.  One of the servicemen of the Great War which this blog is following is A.S. Reuben Mitchell, who served on the AE2 and later the E14. We introduced him in our blog of 23 November 2014.

There are now many blogs, facebook pages and websites all concentrating on the ANZAC centenary and the men and women who took part in the Great War.  

Something that came to our attention today are two Facebook pages dedicated to former Ballarat citizens who went to the War - Sister Alice Ross-King, born in Ballarat but later of Melbourne, and Bert Reynolds, originally from Sebastopol.  These Facebook pages are entering diary entries making their posts part of #AnzacLive - try using that hashtag on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook for other interesting posts.

Another blog of interest is that of James Greenbank's ANZAC story  created by Carin Greenbank in honour of her great uncle, originally from Snake Valley.  Carin has created a wonderful blog, quite simple and short, and it's an example of what can be done with research results.  It can be an effort to produce a book but creating a blog or a Facebook page is an excellent and simple way to publish research. 

Happy online searching! There is so much to follow and read.  But if you'd prefer a book, we have a copy of Stoker's Submarine by Fred and Elizabeth Brenchley, in the Australiana Room.

An illustration by Simon Dance of the Dardanelles offensive, from Stoker's Submarine

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