Spirit of Anzac

Laura Hurley | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Oct-2015

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ON SHOW: Mayor Peter Cox, Geoff Wearne, Alison Creagh and Cliff Richards.
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The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will arrive in Bendigo late next month, giving residents and local communities the opportunity to visit the commemorative exhibition.

Featuring more than 200 artefacts from the War Memorial in Canberra, exhibition executive director Alison Creagh said Bendigo was the fifth stop for the exhibition, and the last for 2015.

“The Spirit of Anzac Experience will be quite a remarkable opportunity for the people of the Bendigo region to visit and see the story of Australia’s involvement in World War I,” Ms Creagh said.

“What we’re bringing the people of Bendigo is a series of interactive zones, really telling us a journey of what Australia was like at the start of the war, why war was declared, setting sail off to war, going to train in Egypt, moving to Gallipoli, into the western front through a trench system, through to serving in the war and the real sacrifice and courage many Australians made. 

“Then we look at the aftermath of war and the toll it took on those who served and their families.”

She said local artefacts and stories would also be featured.

“The community zone is really about bringing the story of Bendigo’s experience of World War I,” Ms Creagh said.

Bendigo RSL president Cliff Richards said bringing local stories to the exhibition was about building connections between those who served and the present day.

“There are a number of local stories that I’ll be excited to work with the exhibition to put out on the table for people to come along and have a read,” he said.

The exhibition will run from November 26 to December 2 at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds, and Ms Creagh said visitors could expect it to be large in scale.

“It’s three basketball courts in size – it takes 10 b-double trucks to move it around Australia,” she said.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Peter Cox said was important to remember the stories of war.

“This is a very important (exhibition) where it is remembering the Anzac. We’re very privileged for Bendigo to have it,” Cr Cox said.

Entry to the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is free, however pre-booking a place is necessary.

To book your tickets, visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au

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