Thursday, 11 September 2014
REMARKS AT THE BITA PAKA COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
One hundred years ago, the land on which we stand was a possession of the German Empire, a possession that was won and lost in war.
It was a sign of the times that this far-flung colonial outpost, of questionable strategic importance to the land war raging on the other side of the world, was to be the first place where Australians would fight and die during the First World War.
Those who came ashore here 100 years ago today could not have imagined the horror of war.
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