Road to Gallipoli Day 4: An early start before the main event

Australian Regional Media photojournalist Stuart Cumming has spent the week filing stories from Turkey, in the lead up to Anzac Day centenary commemorations.

Stuart will file an online blog from each of his days in Gallipoli, and will also reflect back on the diaries 100 years ago of Australian solder Vivian Henry Noble.

Diary Day 4, April 23: Up early this morning to get across for the dawn service rehearsal at Anzac Cove.

The list of people to who I owe lifts to is growing, with the ABC the latest addition.

I couldn't find the designated media shuttle (I was looking in the wrong spot) but jumped in the Aunty van to get from Eceabat to the rehearsal.


The rehearsals are not full dress. I was told this is partly because the Turkish government did not want people in foreign full military uniform until the actual events.

The Anzac Day dawn service stage is set during rehearsals at Anzac Cove.
The Anzac Day dawn service stage is set during rehearsals at Anzac Cove. Stuart Cumming

A standout was the performance of Mt Isa didgeridoo player William Barton, who walked down the main aisle playing and tapping until he reached the front, stopping, turning to face the crowd and completing his song in front of the Anzac sign.

The media centre, about 1km north of the Anzac Cove dawn service site, was filled for the first time today.

National television identities as well as some media from countries other than Australia and New Zealand have started arriving.

Security around Saturday's service will be intense so I will have to be up early to make it through the check points to be ready for the influx of 10,500 people.


Friday April 23, 1915: Things are just as usual.

Nothing exciting except that there seems to be some grounds for the rumours that we're leaving to-morrow.

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