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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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29 November 2016

The Spirit of Anzac comes to Perth

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Western Australians should visit the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of Australia’s involvement in the First World War that opens in Perth today.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, which features more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, opens today at the Perth Convention Centre and runs until 11 December.

“Albany was the meeting point for the first convoys of Australians and New Zealanders departing for Europe to fight in World War I,” Mr Tehan said.

“Western Australia also made an important contribution to the war effort with the first battalion raised in WA — the 11th Battalion — one of the first battalions ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

“Visitors to Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience can experience re-creations of the trenches on the Somme, a captured German Field Gun from the Western Front and even see what is thought to be the casing of the last shell fired at Gallipoli.

“The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary program. It provides an opportunity for people in cities and regional Australia to participate in the most significant commemorative period in our nation’s history.”

Almost a quarter of a million people have visited the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience as it has toured around the country. After Perth, the exhibition will visit Bunbury and Kalgoorlie in early 2017.

Tickets are free but bookings can be made at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au or by calling 1300 462 313.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.