Ataturk Entrance is the waterway between King George Sound and the Port of Albany, named in honor of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish Republic and it's first president.
Ataturk was an army commander in Galipoli in 1915. His leadership, strategy and ability to inspire his troops, made him decisive in opposing the ANZAC forces.
After WWI he became a nationalist leader, bringing sweeping changes to political, economic and legal systems that brought Turkey on par with twentieth century western countries.
he was known as a hero to his people, an extraordinary leader and peacemaker.
Turkey became an independent republic in 1923, with Ataturk as its first president. During his 15 year rule he was known as a hero to his people, an extraordinary leader and peacemaker.
During the 1934 dawn service, Ataturk delivered a heartfelt speech honouring the ANZAC troops 'Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives. You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.' This cemented the peace between our nations, removing the threat of further conflict.
The memorial to Ataturk, a bronze statue upon a limestone globe, overlooks the Entrance. Designed by Burhan Alkar, it was dedicated on 25th April, 2001. Opposite, a small lookout gives a panoramic view of the waterway.
Ellen Cove Boardwalk passes the memorial and offers outstanding views of King George Sound and Princess Royal Harbour. The channel itself being only 145 metres wide gives impressive views of the vessels entering and leaving the Port.
Article updated 08/01/2021