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Pilgrimages, memory and millennials: an investigation of the latest wave of Australian Pilgrims to Gallipoli

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posted on 2022-03-28, 19:51 authored by Daniel Nabb
This project explores the experiences of Australian millennial travellers to the battlefields of Gallipoli during Anzac Day commemoration services. It extends Bruce Scates' work in Return to Gallipoli (2006) by looking at the motivations and experiences of young Australians today. The project employs Thompson's reconstructive cross-analysis approach to oral history. It uses testimony collected through semi-structured interviews with millennial pilgrims conducted in situ with participants undertaking a pilgrimage to Gallipoli during the 2019 Anzac commemorations. The research found that millennial pilgrimages share much in common with the young Australian travellers of the 1990s and early-2000s, especially the nationalistic motivation to travel there. The evolution of the Anzac Dawn Service into a tightly controlled and structured event, though, has led to commercial tour companies and event organisers shaping the pilgrim experience and influencing how millennials engage with the site.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. The Millenial Pilgrim -- Chapter 3. Constructed Pilgrim Experience -- Chapter 4. Millenial Pilgrims Historical engagement -- Chapter 5. Conclusion


Bibliography: pages 78-87 Theoretical thesis.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Matthew Bailey


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