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MP fighting for Duncan Chapman statue in CBD

MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern is fighting to have Lieutenant Duncan Chapman "commemorated correctly" with a statue in the CBD.

"The fact is Duncan Chapman landing first on Gallipoli on that fateful April day, deserves local, national and international recognition," Anne Maddern told The Chronicle.

"There is absolutely no doubt that he was the first ashore - evidenced by his letter home describing the action.

"And not only the letter, which the local Chronicle published in 1915, but the collaboration by Sergeant Scout Frank Kemp, tells me this is what happened. A Maryborough-born and raised man was the first ashore."

Mrs Maddern has contacted the Premier's department on Monday to lobby for special funding for the proposed statue.

"Achieving this statue for Maryborough holds national and international significance," she said.

"This is a fight for justice and I am determined we will win."

Topics:  anne maddern, duncan chapman, gallipoli, maryborough, statue



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