We are now a year into commemorations of the war that was supposed to end all wars, and soon 25 April – the centenary of the doomed landings in Gallipoli – will be upon us. For Australians Gallipoli is thought to symbolise many things: courage, endurance, sacrifice, mateship and so on. It has also been thought of in much less positive terms, as an unwarranted celebration of warfare and as a means of thinking about the nation’s past that avoids the issues of settler-colonialism and Aboriginal dispossession. Yet for good or ill the nine-month campaign, part of a much larger transformative historical event, has become what Pierre Nora called a lieu de mémoire, a site of national memory.
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