The story of the campaign that almost destroyed the Anzacs and the escape that saved a nation.  


 

‘How to renew our understanding of Gallipoli? How to enrich and renew the telling? Well, just do what Joshua Funder has done…’ Read More

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Watson’s Pier


watson's pier under construction with watson on the foregroundThe story of the campaign that almost destroyed the Anzacs and the escape that saved a nation.

Stan Watson was among the first ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and survived battle, fear and disease to build the pier at Anzac Cove from which so many men later escaped. He faced what seemed like an impossible mission: to get every man out alive.  Watson never claimed to be the last man to leave Gallipoli, but through to the very end he played his part and became a hero. Learn More.

Sixty-two years to the day after he stepped away from that fatal shore, Watson takes a slow train to visit his family for Christmas and decides to finally tell his life story. A beautifully told mixture of fact and fiction, Watson’s Pier traces not just one man’s journey, but the history of a nation.  It also challenges the historical record of what happened in the final moments at Anzac Cove.  In doing so, it offers a new perspective on the meaning of Gallipoli. Learn More.

Joshua Funder is Stanley Watson’s great grandson and lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children. Learn More.

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Watson's Pier by Joshua Funder

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