Japan's Forgotten Link to the ANZAC Legend
Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8:24PM
Denise Smithson

Smithson Media officially launched its report - Japan’s Forgotten Link to the ANZAC Legend recently.

Albany-based consultancy, Smithson Media, successfully gained a grant from the Australian-Japan Foundation to partially fund research into His Imperial Japanese Majesty’s Ship Ibuki.

At the beginning of World War I, the Japanese battle cruiser Ibuki formed part of the naval escort of Australian and New Zealand Expeditionary Forces that made its way to Egypt and eventually Gallipoli.

HIJMS Ibuki played a pivotal role in the protection of the convoy of troop ships that assembled from around Australia and New Zealand, and on November 1, 1914, sailed from Albany, Western Australia.

Smithson Media undertook research in Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

The research confirmed that HIJMS Ibuki’s story should be included in the telling of the ANZAC story and adds to Australia, New Zealand and Japan’s knowledge and understanding of each other’s place in history.

Fascinating details of HIJMS Ibuki’s convoy duties were revealed at official report launch. Download press release

Read more about the Ibuki project under the Media section

 

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