Monument honours first Anzacs

Published Saturday, 21 July, 2018 at 12:30 PM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has unveiled a $3 million high-tech interactive monument to the Anzacs.

The Fraser Coast memorial trail in Maryborough pays tribute to the first ashore at Gallipoli, Maryborough’s Duncan Chapman, but also tells the story of the First World War.

"Banjo Patterson said the Anzacs are the reason all Australians walk taller," the Premier said.

"Knowing the first ashore at Gallipoli were Queenslanders just makes us all the more proud."

The Premier paid tribute to those who built the memorial trail.

"This monument is a testament to the people of Maryborough, who worked tirelessly to see it come to fruition," the Premier said.

Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders gave credit to the local committee that raised its own funds for the trail, especially Nancy Bates and Greig Bolderrow.

The Premier said Bruce would not rest until $1 million was secured from the state government.

The monument was unveiled in Maryborough by the Prime Minister, as well as representatives of the governments of New Zealand, Britain and Turkey.

It uses the sounds of Maori hymns and marching, as well as an oral retelling of the experiences of war.

It is hoped it will be considered a national monument – a rare honour outside of Canberra.

The Premier urged all Australians to visit Maryborough and learn about this vital part of our history.

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