Asia Pacific 100 years later, Australia remembers 'baptism of fire' at Gallipoli

In some ways, Australia shed its image as a penal colony and was born as a unified nation on the beaches of Turkey in the early days of World War 1. 

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To many Australians the real birth of their nation took place not at federation on Jan. 1, 1901, but in the pre-dawn hours of April 25, 1915, when the first of 60,000 volunteer soldiers landed on the beaches of Turkey’s Gallipoli peninsula.