The modern Republic of Turkey was established on 29 October 1923 from the part of the Ottoman Empire. The Turkish field marshal and a revolutionary statesman, Ghazi Mustafa Kemal was the founding father of the secular democratic Turkey also known as Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
As part of international celebration of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey, Turkish Consulate General, His Excellency Mr. Ali Sevim and Mrs Nadzija Sevimorganized a centenary reception on 30 October at Sydney’s Dover Heights.
The Chief Guest of the event was Her Excellency Margaret Beazley, the Governor of NSW who spoke briefly about Australia Turkey relationship. Other speakers and guests were, Hon. Ron Hoenig, Hon,Benjamin Franklin, Hon. Mark Buttigieg, Hon. Lynda Voltz, and Councilor Mr Eddie Dogramachi and others who addressed the guests.
Turkey and Australia have a productive, warm and developing relationship, with substantial dialogue across a wide range of issues and both Australia and Turkey are members of the G20.
Diplomats from Pakistan, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malta, Japan and other nations were also present at the event. The NSW Fire and Rescue veterans were helping the people of Turkey during the devastating earth quake in early 2023. The His Excellency acknowledged their services in his speech. NSW Ambulance has deployed a team of Special Operations Team rescue paramedics and Aeromedical Specialist Doctors as part of the disaster response to the devastating Turkey earthquake that has so far claimed more than 40,000 lives in both Turkey and Syria.