Ataturk Entrance

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Ataturk Entrance

Ataturk Ent­r­ance is the water­way between King George Sound and the Port of Albany, named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the foun­der of the mod­ern Turkish Re­public and it's first pre­sid­ent.

Ataturk was an army com­man­­der in Galipoli in 1915. His leadership, strategy and abil­ity to in­spire his troops, made him dec­is­ive in oppos­ing the ANZAC forces.

After WWI he became a nationalist lea­der, bring­ing swee­ping changes to politi­cal, econo­mic and legal systems that brought Turkey on par with twentieth century west­ern countries.

he was known as a hero to his peo­ple, an ex­traord­in­ary lea­der and peacemaker.

Turkey became an in­de­pend­ent re­public in 1923, with Ataturk as its first pre­sid­ent. Dur­ing his 15 year rule he was known as a hero to his peo­ple, an ex­traord­in­ary lea­der and peacemaker.

Dur­ing the 1934 dawn service, Ataturk de­livered a heartfelt speech honour­ing the ANZAC troops 'Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friend­ly country. Therefore rest in peace.' This cemen­ted the peace between our nations, re­mov­ing the threat of further con­flict.

The mem­orial to Ataturk, a bronze statue upon a limestone globe, overlooks the Ent­r­ance. De­signed by Burhan Alkar, it was ded­ica­ted on 25th April, 2001. Oppo­site, a small look­out gives a pan­ora­mic view of the water­way.

Ellen Cove Boardwalk passes the mem­orial and offers outstand­ing views of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. The channel it­self being only 145 metres wide gives im­pre­ss­ive views of the vessels ent­er­ing and leav­ing the Port.

Ellen Cove Boardwalk

Article updated 26/11/2017.