"CAN I please have a peek? Pretty please, with a cherry on top?"

Those may or may not have been my words when Chronicle photographer Alistair Brightman and I arrived at the Fraser Coast Regional Council depot in Moreton St, Maryborough, on Thursday afternoon to take a photo of the box containing the state of Maryborough war hero Duncan Chapman.

Securely bound up, with stickers bearing the word "fragile" plastered all over it, just looking at the box carrying the long-awaited statue was special.

Needless to say any request to snatch a glance of the statue was denied, with project manager Bruce Brischke saying he was under strict instructions to keep prying eyes away from what will be the centrepiece of the memorial being built in Duncan Chapman's honour - at least until it is officially unveiled on April 24.

The moment was a long time in the making, with former Chronicle editor Nancy Bates leading to charge to have the statue of Mr Chapman built ahead of the commemoration of the centenary of Anzac Day, raising more than $50,000 to bring the project to life.

If only I could have caught a glimpse.

Storeman Brad Lowe and project manager Bruce Brischke with the packaged statue after its arrival in Maryborough.
Storeman Brad Lowe and project manager Bruce Brischke with the packaged statue after its arrival in Maryborough. Alistair Brightman


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