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2 September 2016

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience opens in Townsville

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, launched the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition in Townsville today.

Mr Tehan said more than 15,000 tickets had already been booked to attend the free exhibit in Townsville that features more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial.

“Townsville has a long and proud association with the Australian Defence Force as home to Lavarack Barracks, RAAF Base Townsville and Ross Island Barracks,” Mr Tehan said.

“It is fitting that with its military presence and history, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition comes to Townsville to increase our understanding of Australia’s wartime experience and to carry forward the Anzac spirit and values.

“As Australia this year commemorates the 100th anniversaries of the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières, a visit to this exhibition will encourage a greater appreciation of the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice made by the men and women who served during the First World War.

“Townsville can pay its respects to the more than 57,000 Queenslanders who enlisted between 1914 and 1918 and also experience recreated trenches on the Somme, a captured German Field Gun from the Western Front and even see the last shell fired at Gallipoli.

“This is a free exhibition every Australian should visit to give them an insight into what Australians experienced more than a century ago.”

A virtual reality Spirit of Anzac 360 degree App has also been developed so that anyone can view the exhibition on a mobile phone or tablet device. The exhibition also includes a community zone which contains local artefacts from the First World War.

The exhibition will be located at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from 2 to 11 September. Bookings are essential at the Spirit of Anzac website.

Media Contacts:

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.