Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Anzac Day Remembered: Colorized Photographs of Gallipoli

Today is the 103rd anniversary of the Allied landings at the Dardanelles.

The Man with a Donkey
Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick and "Murphy"

On the walls around the Chunuk Bair diorama at The Great War Exhibition, there are two hundred colorized photos of the Gallipoli campaign. The Great War Exhibition is located at the Dominion Museum Building, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sir Peter Jackson, who led the exhibit project, said seeing World War I photos in color removed a sort of "protective screen" between people of the past and the present.

"Once you're in colour, that 100 years starts evaporating."

Some images are haunting, some quirky, many just prosaic.

"They're just normal guys. They're just like us."

Presented here are four of the photos from the exhibit, more can be viewed here:

Approaching Anzac Cove

The Determined Opposition

Living Accommodations at ANZAC


  1. In memory of the New Zealanders and the Maori
    NZ Soldier's Hymn by the Maori Battalion:

  2. Yes, the colorized photos do help remove the barrier of time significantly. Great project!