The landing at Gallipoli photograph, taken by Joseph (Joe) Bell McBride, captures New Zealand soldiers putting their feet on the ground at Gallipoli for the first time. It was taken on 25th April 1915. Taking cameras to Gallipoli was banned. Joseph McBride took one, hidden in his sock all the way from Christchurch New Zealand to Gallipoli. 

Joseph McBride had three Gallipoli Landing prints made for his three daughters. Phyllis the eldest, Gwen and Kathleen. He wrote on the back of the frame in each one and they are all printed the same.

Joe gave the photos because they were an important piece of New Zealand history and he wanted them preserved.

He knew you weren't allowed to keep a diary or take photos and it wasn't allowed. He knew he had done wrong. In actuality, people did take photos and did write their diaries and that has given us a unique insight into how those men suffered. 

 

 

 

 

The first photograph of New Zealand troops setting foot at Gallipoli.

Newspaper Publications of the Gallipoli Landing Photo

 The Auckland Weekly News Publication - March 16th, 1916

The Auckland Weekly News Publication - March 16th, 1916

  The Auckland Weekly News Publication - 28th November 1918

The Auckland Weekly News Publication - 28th November 1918

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Gallipoli landing original family prints

There are three original prints held by the descendants of Joseph (Joe) McBride. The original given to his daughter Phyllis McBride, is now held by Heidi Howard in Brisbane, Australia. The two remaining original photos are under stewardship of Gwen Freeman and Kathleen Verkerk. 

 Kathleen Verkerk with an original Gallipoli landing photo print Joe gave her.

Kathleen Verkerk with an original Gallipoli landing photo print Joe gave her.

  Heidi Howard, with an original Gallipoli landing photo print Joe's daughter Phyllis McBride received

Heidi Howard, with an original Gallipoli landing photo print Joe's daughter Phyllis McBride received

Joe McBride's photograph at Papanui High School

A fourth original framed print Joe McBride kept for himself, now hangs on the wall of the McBride Wing (named after Joe, as the first principal of the school).

1922 Gallipoli landing photo gifted to fellow soldier

Joe McBride also gave a print to Eugene O'Neill. According to his army record, Eugene O’Neill was a Surgeon (Captain Major) in the Medical Corps. 1st field Ambulance. He served in South Africa, Egypt then Gallipoli, France and the Pacific. We don’t know whether Joe and Eugene served together, but we do know that Eugene communicated with Joe after the war from this letter of thanks. 

219 High Street

Dunedin 

1922

 

Dear McBride, 

I have to thank you very much indeed for your particularly fine picture of the Gallipoli landing. 

I can assure you I appreciate very highly your kindness. The photo is a realistic one and will always be cherished by me as a valuable souvenir of an historic event. 

With kind regards and best wishes for your success.

I remain very sincerely yours, 

Eugene O’Neill

 

 

 

 

Gallipoli landing photo commemorations

Commemoration copies of the famous Gallipoli landing photo are also available for viewing at a number of locations and places.

ANZAC House, Level 4/181 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington

A copy has pride of place over the entrance of the Gallipoli Room (the Executive Board Room) at ANZAC House. 

2008 Commemorations Featuring the Gallipoli Landing Photograph

In 2008, the stamp featured as part of a New Zealand ANZAC Commemoration series. You can order a copy of this stamp and the whole series here.

 

 

 

2015 - 100 Year Anniversary Commemorated In New Zealand Stories in Stamps 

The 100 Year Anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli was commemorated in many ways around New Zealand. Joseph's great grandson Ryan Jennings has collected stamps since he was six years old.  Ever since New Zealand Post issued the stamp year book starting in 1984, Ryan has received the year book of stamps at Christmas time as a Christmas present. In 2015, Ryan opened his annual stamp book present and was about to flip through the books pages, but the first page it turned to was The Spirit of Anzac (pictured below).

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Ryan turned one more page to the right and then discovered the Gallipoli Landing photo . You can purchase your own copy of The New Zealand Collection 2015 here.

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