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100 Years Ago

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Following the surrender of the Ottoman Empire two days earlier, Britain’s General Sir Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on the 11th of December, 1917.

Described as a Christmas present to the British people, this event saw the city come under Christian rule for the first time in centuries.

Allenby entered the city on foot as a sign of respect to the holy place.

The Turkish surrender came during the Battle of Jerusalem that began in mid-November.

100 Years Ago

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The Ottoman Empire surrendered Jerusalem to British rule on the 9th of December, 1917.

The surrender came during the Battle of Jerusalem, which was fought from the 17th of November. The battle saw the combined forces of Britain, Australia, India and New Zealand defeat the Ottoman (Turkish) and German Empires.

The image shows the Ottoman mayor of Jerusalem and Ottoman prisoners of war meeting British representatives under the white flag of surrender.

We Did It!

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Millions upon millions upon millions of taxpayers’ dollars were wasted on telling the Government what we already knew in a stupid non-binding poll on same sex marriage.

I live a few minutes from Australia’s Federal Parliament, and watched the House of Representatives live on television as they FINALLY legalised it.

There I was, with handfuls of Christmas lights, mid-tree decoration, crying. I didn’t think I would be quite THIS emotional about it.

For Canberrans, it has been a long time coming. Thank God it’s finally done.