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1 November 2017


“A camera on Gallipoli” exhibits at Qantas Founders Museum

Colonel Ryan outside the Australian 1st Division’s headquarters on Anzac. AWM P02648.001 Images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial’s digital exhibition A camera on Gallipoli, featuring First World War photographs taken by Sir Charles Ryan, will open at Qantas Founders Museum on 6 November 2017.

“We are honoured to be able to host such an insightful and unique exhibition at Qantas Founders Museum especially as we remember the First World War a centenary later,”  Qantas Founders Museum CEO Mr Tony Martin said.

In 1914, at the age of 61, Sir Charles Ryan was appointed consulting surgeon to the 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 Charles Ryan while serving with the AIF in Turkey in 1915.

The Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, says Charles 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 Charles 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 a centenary initiative to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

Funding from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants program enabled the Tambo Arts Council Inc. to have the exhibition printed to exhibit in the Grassland Art Gallery and make available for other regional communities.

A camera on Gallipoli is on display at Qantas Founders Museum from 6 November 2017 until 19 January 2018.


Contact details

Qantas Founders Museum – 07 4658 3737

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