On 28th October, the Turkish Consulate General, His Excellency Mr. Ali Sevim organized the celebration of the 99th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey at Dover Heights, Sydney.
The Republic of Turkey was declared on October 29, 1923 following the victory of the Independence War of the Turkish nation under the leadership of the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of the modern Turkey and he was the first president until his death in 1938.
The modern Turkey emerged from the great Ottoman Empire after its collapse during 1918-1920. The armistice of 31 October 1918 ended the fighting between the Ottoman Empire and the Allies. But it was defeated by the invading British and Russian forces.
Sydney’s Turkish Consulate joined the celebration along with Turkey and Turkish diplomatic mission around the world. The program in Sydney began with the Turkish and Australian national anthem by Ms. Ayse Cioknur Shanal followed by telecasted speech by the current President of Turkey, Mr. Recep TayyipErdoğan.
The Consulate General Mr. Ali Sevim addressed the guests and thanked them attending the grand occasion. Multicultural NSW Advisory Board member Mr. Omer Incekara and Auburn Member of Parliament Hon. Lynda Jane Voltz congratulated the Turkish community in Sydney. Ms Voltz highlighted the contribution of Turkish community as pioneers in Australia.
Many diplomats such as His Excellency Mr. Jose Vasquez Rivas (Republic of El Salvador), Mr. Amir Sahinovic (Honorary Consul of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mr. Lawrence Buhagiar (Malta),Mr. Marat Kalizhanov (Republic of Kazakhstan) and Mr. Bill Dobbie (New Zealand) were present along with Councilor Eddie Dogramachi of Hawkesbury City Council and others.
Other distinguished guests were, Ebuzer Tanhan, the General Manager of Turkish Airlines, Dr. Sean Brawley (Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong), Senior Prof. Gursel Alici (University of Wollongong), Mr. Khaled Sukkarieh (Chairman of Islamic Council of NSW) along with other religious and community leaders.
There was a music performance by ‘Rosemont Strings’ and drinks and canapés also served at the gathering. We wish a greater celebration next year to the Republic of Turkey as she will be celebrating the 100th year.