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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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Nola Marino MP
Member for Forrest

11 January 2017

The Spirit of Anzac Experience arrives in Bunbury

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan says Western Australians should pay a visit to an immersive First World War exhibition featuring 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial that opens in Bunbury today.

Mr Tehan said the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was designed to improve our understanding of how the First World War shaped Australia.

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino MP will attend the official opening of the exhibition today at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

“Western Australia made an important contribution to the war effort. Albany was the meeting point for the first convoys carrying the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force which departed in November and December 1914. For many troops, the coast of Western Australia was the last part of Australia they would have seen,” Ms Marino said.

“I encourage everyone to visit this free exhibition and learn more about an important chapter in Australia’s history.”

Mr Tehan said the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience was the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary program.

“This exhibition provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in the most significant commemorative period in Australia’s history,” Mr Tehan said.

“Visitors to the exhibition 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.”

More than 250,000 people have visited the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience on its tour around the country. Bunbury is the 18th location for the travelling exhibition and the exhibition will visit Kalgoorlie from late January.

The exhibition will be located at the Eaton Recreation Centre from 11 to 16 January. Tickets are free and 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.