HUNDREDS gathered in the dark at Maryborough's Queens Park for the unveiling of the Duncan Chapman statue in a moving dawn service.
Joined by more than 30 members of the Maryborough war hero's family, distinguished army personnel from his 9th Battalion and acting Prime Minister Warren Truss, the dedicated members of the Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee have led the community in honouring the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli.
The majority of funds needed to build the statue were raised by generous members of the Maryborough community in less than eight months.
Guards have kept a close watch over the covered statue since it arrived in Queens Park on Thursday.
The service has also been attended by passengers from the Anzac Troop Train re-enactment.