ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: Sharing Victoria's Stories

The Anzac Spirit Collection

June 18, 2014

Have you seen the State Library of Victoria’s ‘The Anzac Spirit’ image gallery?  

SLV Anzac SpiritThis is a selection of Reverend TP Bennett’s collection of hand-coloured and black-and-white glass slides, donated to the State Library of Victoria in 1983.

Victoria’s 22nd Battalion landed at Anzac Cove in September 1915, after months aboard a troopship and in Egypt. Chaplain Bennett, known to the men as ‘Padre’, lived in a dugout in Shrapnel Gully where he spent his days burying the dead, writing to their loved ones, and conducting services. Every day he went into the trenches, his ‘parish’, to visit the battalion. He was, wrote Patsy Adam-Smith in ‘The Anzacs’, ‘the paragon among men’.

See the collection