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Statue appeal now hits the two-thirds mark

DONATIONS from the Brooweena community pushed the Duncan Chapman's statue appeal across the two-thirds mark last week.

Nancy Bates, president of the Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee, said the small community had contributed more than $1400 through the efforts of Sharon Brown, one of 10 "generals" appointed to help raise funds.

The total included the previously acknowledged $500 paid by Kerrie Allan for a Felicity Rockemer painting donated and auctioned at a fundraiser event.

Almost $3000 was raised last week, with another $19,500 needed to pay for the statue that will be unveiled on April 25, 100 years to the day after the Maryborough lieutenant became the first Anzac to set foot ashore on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Ms Bates said they hoped to close the appeal at the end of next month.

"We have decided on the stance of the statue and carving of the clay model will begin in a few days at Everlon Bronze in Lidcombe.

"We have been lucky to get the statue order into Everlon in the nick of time to guarantee it will be ready for Anzac Day next year. The exact final site has not been decided but should be soon. We are hoping other elements around the statue will create an 'Anzac Experience' and will be seen as a monument of national significance."

A limited edition Duncan Chapman liqueur from The Liqueur Club is expected to be released in a week. A memorial quilt, sewn with the image and words of the Anzac icon is being created at Patchwork on Pallas.

Latest donations

  • Aldridge State High $100
  • Alan Gees $100
  • Amber Bates and Dean Christopher $200
  • Community of Brooweena $915
  • (plus $500 previously acknowledge)
  • D and A Vollmerhause $30
  • Debbie Chapman $10
  • Hagan Family $50
  • Helen Harvey $10
  • Inner Wheel Club $500
  • J and L Smith $50
  • Maryborough Central School $100
  • Maryborough Shiralee Night Club $50
  • Michelle Walker $5
  • Nancy and Tony Bates $400
  • Pat and Jo-Anne Davis $300
  • Ron and Carole Howlett and Elwyn Rook $150
  • Sirpa Hopf $5
  • W and K Baxter $20

Total $2995

Total to 17-10-14: $40,460

Target by November 23: $60,000

The bust of Major Duncan Chapman at the Maryborough Military Colonial Museum. He was the first man ashore at Gallipoli.
The bust of Major Duncan Chapman at the Maryborough Military Colonial Museum. He was the first man ashore at Gallipoli. Robyne Cuerel

Topics:  anzac, appeal, duncan chapman, fundraising, gallipoli centenary, maryborough, statue




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