Anzac Day: Losing Larrikinism to Bureaucracy
By Athena Yenko | April 24, 2014 3:14 PM EST
Larrikinism, is a unique Australian word which according to Australian Heritage Web site "describes a loveable rogue - not quite a criminal, but someone who can cross the line of propriety yet get away with it, with a smile."
Anzac Day was used to be commemorated with a strong sense of Larrikinism especially by the young pilgrims.
However, with the growing number of "unruly" young pilgrims, the government enforced strict rules and regulations in observance of the Anzac Day.
In a report from AAP, officials reprimanded a group of young Australian and New Zealand pilgrims who anchored their small dive ship less than 100 metres from the commemorative site in Gallipoli.
The young pilgrims dove and swum, cheering amidst cold chill, in the area where the Anzacs landed 99 years ago.
Coast guard were immediately instructed to move the small vessel.
" Anzac Cove and North Beach are heritage sites protected under Turkish law. So what the people are doing there at the moment is illegal - the boat shouldn't be that close and people shouldn't be swimming off the boat," Tim Evans, Australian services director, told the press.
Mr Evans explained that on Thursday and Friday, ships are prohibited from the military heritage sites that were intended for reflection and commemoration.
"I don't think that what they (the swimmers) are doing is appropriate and we've taken steps to respond," Mr Evans said.
Writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, Tony Wright captured how Gallipoli was being prepared for the Anzac Day.
He described that rules - ''Mind your personal belongings," "Have warm and water proof clothing. Remember your bus number. Follow instructions by officials," "Do not litter. Do not lie on headstones. Do not swim. Do not light any fires. No smoking inside commemorative areas. No drugs or alcohol are allowed" - show that the government no longer put up with larrikinism "that once personified the young Anzacs who fought and lost here."
He fondly recalled how ten years ago, how young pilgrims braved the chill as they celebrate the day with wine and song and would later rest among the gravestone of soldiers who died fighting around the same age as the pilgrims.
"Many swam at the cove in a sort of communion with those who had done it in 1915."
Now authorities imposed stricter rules as the number of pilgrims grows.
"...authorities will search those attending for any sniff of alcohol, right where the original Anzacs buried bottles of rum in the hope of a quiet moment to drink it."
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 1: San Francisco Giants 7, Kansas City Royals 1 [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series - Game 2: Kansas City Royals 7, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
- NFL Thursday Recap - Denver Broncos 35, San Diego Chargers 21: Peyton Manning Has 3 TDs In Easy Win [PHOTOS]
- 2014 MLB World Series Game 3: Kansas City Royals 3, San Francisco Giants 2 [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Xiaomi Redmi 1S vs. Sharp Aquos Crystal – Specifications, Features And Price Showdown
- Verizon Motorola Droid Turbo Leaked Live Images Surfaces, Scheduled To Get Unveiled On Oct 28
- Update HTC One M7 with LG G2 with Android 4.4.2 as Sprint OTA: Fixes and Installation
- U.S. Targets Buyers of ISIS Oil, Threatens Sanctions
- ISIS Syria Airstrike Bombing Has Killed 550 People, Civilians Included
- Russia Blocking OSCE Monitoring Of Its Border With Ukraine
- Russia Slams US 'Double Standards' In The Fight Against ISIS