Significant ANZAC Artwork Released for
the 97th Anniversary of Gallipoli
"This painting is the most accurate depiction to date of
the dawn landing at Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915. It captures
the essence of the action some thirty minutes after the initial
landing and strips away the myth associated with this iconic action
in Australian military history. Clearly, the artist has researched
the subject meticulously, down to the details of the uniforms,
headdress and equipment worn that day, the terrain, the shipping
offshore, and the light casualties sustained by the Australians
around the cove at the beginning of the action." Brigadier
Chris Roberts AM, CSC (Rtd).
The Spirit - Gallipoli Landing 1915 by the renowned military
artist David Rowlands was commissioned by Sands of Gallipoli and
the painting was completed in late 2011. David Rowlands is one
of the world's finest living military artists. His atmospheric
oil paintings present a realistic record of the dramatic events
of war and have won him Royal favour and commissions from military
organisations around the world.
Brigadier Chris Roberts, a well regarded and published Gallipoli
historian worked tirelessly with the team at the Australian Army
History Unit on assisting the artist with the historic content.
Brigadier Roberts has had a distinguished career from active service
in South Vietnam as a troop commander with the 3rd SAS Squadron
to being appointed Commanding Officer of the SAS Regiment. Chris
has published three papers: "The landing at Anzac: a re-assessment"
Journal of the Australian War Memorial, No 22 April 1993; Chinese
Strategy and the Spratly Islands Dispute, working paper No 293
Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU; and "Turkish
machine guns at the landing" Wartime, No 50 April 2010.
This significant artwork is now available to the public in the
form of Limited Edition prints, for further information on the
painting and the prints visit www.sandsofgallipoli.com.au
Images from the painting have also been beautifully reproduced
on the Sands of Gallipoli 2012 collection that consists of a lapel
pin, keyring, medallion, pen, figurine and Limited Edition medallion
sets. The collection contains authentic sand from ANZAC Cove providing
Australians with a tangible reminder of what happened 97 years
ago and enabling the qualities of sacrifice and mateship to be
passed on so that future generations continue to remember.
Sands of Gallipoli products are available from Australia Post
outlets, online at sandsofgallipoli.com.au or by
calling (02) 6123 2920.