Johnnies and Mehmets is an online memorial, a decorated honour roll commemorating the service and sacrifice of fourteen soldiers, Anzacs and Turks, who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
The Johnnies and Mehmets website was created through a curatorial led research project which took focus and story from both the Sydney based Turkish descendents of soldiers who fought in the Dardenelles and the Anglo Celtic descendants of Granville soldiers.
The website includes an animated honour roll decorated by Sydney based Turkish artist Gulay Pelin; stories and photos contributed by the descendants of the soldiers and a special contribution by Australia’s foremost Gallipoli scholar Harvey Broadbent, former Director of The Gallipoli Centenary Research Project, a partnership between Australia’s Macquarie University, Australian War Memorial, Australian Research Council, Turkey’s Middle East Technical University and Turkish Military Archives.
To mark the launch of Johnnies and Mehmets: A Digital Memorial and Gallipoli Honour Roll we invited the community to join with the families of the descendants as well as the artistic team to see the work presented for the first time at Information and Cultural Exchange. The launch marked the point at which the website went live to the public as well as acting a special moment to commemorate the 14 soldiers included in the honour roll.
When: 7pm, Thursday 3rd December 2015
Where: Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9897 5744 by Monday 30 November 2015. RSVP Essential.
As part of the development of this project ICE held a community morning tea to provide a chance to meet the creative team and give feedback on our research. This was exciting opportunity for communities from Auburn and Parramatta to share their stories about their family history and see it resonate through the digital memorial.
This project is produced by ICE with funding from the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.