Janice Henderson (66) is delighted after being allocated a
ticket to attend the 100th anniversary of the Anzac
landings at Gallipoli, allowing her to retrace the steps of
her father, pictured in the photo she is holding, who
fought in the campaign. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Retracing her father's steps back to Gallipoli for the
100th anniversary of the Anzac landings will be something of a
family reunion for Dunedin woman Janice Henderson.
Mrs Henderson and her siblings were lucky enough to pick up
three double passes as part of the Gallipoli 2015 ballot.
A total of 9851 applicants entered the ballot to attend the
100th anniversary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli next
year, with 950 double passes and 100 special passes
The family's success in the ballot meant she and four of her
12 brothers and sisters, all raised in Dunedin, would be able
to retrace the steps of their father, Hugh Dickinson, who was
a gunner in the disastrous campaign.
One of Mr Dickinson's grandchildren was also likely to go to
''I think it's incredible that five or six of us can
represent the family at [what will be] such an amazing
ceremony,'' Mrs Henderson said.
She felt it was important to remember and acknowledge the
sacrifice he made.
''I think it's really important that my family and
grandchildren realise what conditions they went in and what
The horror of what unfolded in Gallipoli and the Battle of
Passchendaele, where her father was posted after fighting in
Gallipoli, meant he did not share too much about his
''We were so proud of our father ... but we never got too
many stories about what happened. He must have lost an awful
lot of people, because they were two of the biggest battles
for New Zealand in World War 1,'' she said.
It was difficult to comprehend how traumatic it must have
been for her father - who also served during World War 2 by
helping man the coastal fortifications on Otago Peninsula.
Travelling to Gallipoli meant she could develop a greater
understanding of what he went through.