UTS Library

ANZAC DAY Wed 25 April 2018

UTS Library will be open on ANZAC DAY 10AM - 6PM and will hold a minute's silence at 11AM.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them 
(The Ode by Laurence Binyon). 

In 2018 Australia is commemorating the final year of the four years of the Centenary of ANZAC, marking 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. On ANZAC Day we commemorate events where Australian servicemen and women served. As a correspondent for The Age newspaper, Phillip Schuler witnessed the landing at Gallipoli and several of the battles that followed. Schuler captured the significance of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli when he wrote ‘The 25th April, 1915, will ever be recorded as the day on which Australia became a nation’. His writing from this time still shapes our understanding of these events. 

The battle opened at 4.17 a.m. … the men jumped from the boats into the icy Aegean, up to their armpits sometimes, their rifles held above their heads, and slowly facing the stream of lead, waded to the shore. Eager to be free [for] action, they at once dropped their packs and charged (Phillip Schuler).

Phillip Schuler went on to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in April 1916 and sailed to France in November 1916 serving on the Western Front, before being promoted to the rank of lieutenant. On 23 June 1917, Schuler was fatally wounded in Belgium. Since 1916, ANZAC Day has been recognised as a day of national importance and a time to commemorate. Please join us in remembering all those who have served Australia since the First World War ‘Lest we forget’.

 

Images and text: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. TOP: Schuler’s image of a soldier resting in the trenches at Gallipoli, August 1915. BELOW: As well as writing about the battle at Lone Pine in August 1915, Schuler captured this image above, which shows Major Leslie Morshead looking up at Australian soldiers killed during the battle. While Schuler wrote about the courage and sacrifice of the Anzacs, he also recognised the commitment of the Turkish soldiers.