Epic Cruise
Gallipoli Experts Team

Gallipoli-2015 has assembled an exemplary team of Australian and Turkish Gallipoli specialists. These noted specialists each has their own distinct area of expertise to share. From the battle weary ANZAC experience to strategic military operations and unique Turkish perspectives.

Presentations throughout the cruise will build the story of Gallipoli from every side of the conflict. Knowledge and insight will be shared about surviving and dying at the front line and the abiding humanity from which two new nations walked forward.

Learn what life was really like for ANZAC and Turkish warriors on the peninsula. How did they survive such bitter extremes and the daily dance with death? What were the battle-masters thinking?

Explore the ANZAC diet, hear about lost loves and discover their humour and slang. What are the true origins of Two-up, digger or cobber, now part of folklore?

All this and more awaits you aboard the Gallipoli-2015 Epic Cruise, where you will meet:

Dr Vecihi (John) Başarin

Gallipoli 2015 tour leader John Basarin

Historian and Author

With his wife, Dr Basarin has co-authored six books;

  • A Turkish View of Gallipoli, Melbourne, 1985
  • The Turks in Australia, Melbourne, 1993
  • Gallipoli – The Turkish Story, Sydney, 2003
  • Gelibolu 1915, Istanbul, 2005
  • Beneath the Dardanelles; The Australian submarine at Gallipoli, Sydney, 2008
  • Canakkale Bogazinin Derinliklerinde, Istanbul, 2009

Dr Basarin was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He trained as a chemical engineer and migrated to Australia in 1973. Apart from Melbourne, he has also lived and worked in Norway, the United States, Brazil, Germany and the UK in energy, oil & gas and engineering related fields as a manager. After retiring in 2002, Dr Basarin combined his passion for travel and history by leading tours to Turkey & to Gallipoli. He has a proven record of consistently delivering excellent tours for the last six years.

In 2005, Dr Basarin received Victorian Premier’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs for his long-time work on Gallipoli. Dr Basarin has given many talks, written many articles and appeared on TV features and radio programs on Gallipoli, presenting the Turkish side of the tragic Gallipoli campaign. For a decade, Dr Basarin has been involved with the AE2- Australian submarine project. He acted as the Turkish advisor to the 25- strong team that travelled to Turkey to survey the submarine in 2007. His brainchild AE2 Plaque Project has been implemented in Sydney, Fremantle and at Gallipoli.

The RSL ANZAC Awards Committee has awarded the 2010 ANZAC Peace Prize to Mr John Basarin of Victoria in recognition of his sustained and enthusiastic commitment to promote relationships between Australia and other communities around the world, particularly in Turkey, with a significant emphasis on his commitment to Rotary Youth Exchange programs and building understanding of the Gallipoli Campaign.

In 2011, Dr Basarin has completed his PhD studies working with Prof John Hall of Deakin Business School. The title of his doctorate thesis was “Battlefield Tourism – Anzac Day Commemorations at Gallipoli”. A long time member of Rotary International, Dr Basarin has been actively involved in charity and community work.

Dr Kevin Fewster, AM

Gallipoli historian Kevin Fewster will present on the cruise

Dr Kevin Fewster has edited the Gallipoli diaries of Australia's foremost Gallipoli reporter, Australia's official war correspondent and official historian, Charles Bean (Bean's Gallipoli, published 1983 and 2007).  In addition, he co-authored A Turkish View of Gallipoli (1985) and Gallipoli - the Turkish story (2003) which has also been published in Turkish.  He has visited Gallipoli several times.   He is the Director of the Royal Museums Greenwich in the UK, having previously been Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

From 1996–99 Dr Fewster was the President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, the world peak body for maritime museums. Between 2004–07 he was Chairman of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and a director of the Collections Council of Australia.

Before working in museums, Dr Fewster taught History at the University of New South Wales, RMC Duntroon (Canberra) and Monash University (Melbourne).

He has given many talks and has published many articles and conference papers. He holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Australian National University, Canberra. Kevin's doctoral thesis researched military censorship in Australia during the Great War.  

Dr Fewster was made a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2001 for service to museum administration and the preservation of maritime history.

Dr Carol Scott

Dr Carol Scott will present about the ancient city of Troy on the 2015 Gallipoli cruise

Dr Carol Scott’s expertise in building and measuring the value of museums is sought by clients internationally. She has worked with the National Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), the Western Australian Museum, the Museum of London, the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, the Vapriikki Museum Centre in Finland and the Herculaneum Society in Oxford. In demand as an inspirational conference speaker and consultant, she also publishes widely and is the editor of ‘Measuring Museum Value: creating sustainable futures’. She is on the Committee of the International Council of Museums UK and an executive member of ICOM’s Marketing and Public Relations Committee. Dr Scott’s second PhD in ancient history and archaeology explores the role of women in the ancient and classical world with specific reference to women and civic religion in Republican Rome.

Dr Carol Scott will speak on the role of Troy as a centre of convergence, its position as a major Bronze Age centre, its significance as an early site of modern archaeology and the role of Helen in making its story a source of continuing fascination and romance.

Marcus Falay

Ephesus and Turkey expert Marcus Falay will present on the 2015 cruise

During a long career, Marcus has coordinated travel for Gallipoli documentary makers, diplomatic contingents and AE2 Submarine researchers. He speaks with authority on Turkey’s celebrated attractions and will make an enlightening Ephesus presentation.

Dame Malvina Major, ONZ, GNZM, DBE

Dame Malvina Major

Over an international career, Dame Malvina Major has appeared in 28 principal roles, attained a superb oratorio and concert repertoire along with an impressive discography. The Epic Cruise Dawn Service and Dame Vera Lynn tribute concert feature Dame Malvina’s soaring soprano.

Major General (Retd) Andrew James (Jim) Molan, AO DSC

War commentator Jim Molan will present on the 2015 Gallipoli cruise

Retiring from the Australian Army in July 2008 after 40 years, Jim Molan served across a broad range of command and staff appointments in operations, training, staff and military diplomacy.

Jim has been an infantryman, an Indonesian speaker, a helicopter pilot, commander of army units from a thirty man platoon to a division of 15,000 soldiers, commander of the Australian Defence Colleges with service in East Timor in 1999 and command of the evacuation force from the Solomon Islands in 2000. In April 2004, Major General Molan deployed for a year to Iraq as the Coalition’s chief of operations, during a period of continuous and intense combat. For “distinguished command and leadership in action” in Iraq, Major General Molan was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the Australian Government and the Legion of Merit by the United States Government.

In August 2008, General Molan published his book Running the War in Iraq, which is a double best seller. Harper Collins has now taken it into a third print, and it has been released as an E-book.

In retirement Jim is a commentator on security and military issues in the Australian print and electronic media, writes regularly for a number of journals, and is a director of a number of companies.