Saturday Talk – Defending Gallipoli: The Turkish Story

Date(s) - 16/09/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Batemans Bay Community Centre


Harvey Broadbent is now an Honorary Fellow in Modern History at Macquarie University and in 2016 was awarded Member of the Order of Australia for his ‘significant  service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and to tertiary education’.

In this presentation Harvey will tell the story of how he came to find the Turkish account of Gallipoli in the Turkish military archives, how he transformed those documents into two acclaimed books  about the conflict, and how the Ottoman 5th Army struggled but  ultimately succeeded in defending the invasion of their homeland by the Anzacs and their Allies in 1915.

A fluent speaker of Turkish, Harvey visits Turkey every year and lectures regularly about the Eastern Mediterranean and other regions in various educational institutions and on numerous cruise ships – where several of our members have greatly enjoyed his work as a guest speaker on  Seabourn, Silversea, Voyages to Antiquity, Cunard, Saga, Galaxy or Royal Caribbean ships. He has also conducted more than twenty study tours to Turkey and Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Middle East.

This is sure to be a fascinating talk as it will give us a rare opportunity to consider the Gallipoli campaign from the defenders’ perspective. Those who wish to attend but have not already enrolled should register by emailing Ross Thomas at by 14 September, or by phone on 0402 132 698. The usual charge of $2 will be made to defray costs. Non-members of U3A are also welcome to attend.