An artist's impression of the Duncan Chapman memorial planned for Queens Park in Maryborough.
An artist's impression of the Duncan Chapman memorial planned for Queens Park in Maryborough. Contributed

Stage 2 of Duncan Chapman memorial is 8m tall

AN EIGHT-metre-high representation of the three ridges of Anzac Cove is a towering feature of concept images released on Monday for the second stage of the Duncan Chapman memorial.

The Queen's Park statue of the Maryborough man who was first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli has been paid for by a surge of community funding in a short appeal.

That will be shown to the public in "Dawn of the Anzac" tributes on April 24-25.

The statue will be the centrepiece of Stage Two, described on Monday by Minister Assisting the Premier Glen Elmes as head and shoulders above any other Queensland project to commemorate the Anzac centenary.

Behind will be representations of three 9th Battalion boats that first touched shore.

Galleries between the three ridge panels will tell the story of Anzac and a memorial walk will lead to the Cenotaph through a recreation of a Western Front trench.

Concept plans for the project, estimated to cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, were unveiled on Monday by Maryborough Mayor Gerard O'Connell.

Mr Elmes made a special trip to Maryborough for the release of the plans and declared the memorial was head and shoulders above any other Queensland project planned to commemorate the First World War.

As the Minister overseeing Gallipoli centenary grants, Mr Elmes said he could make no promises while the government was in caretaker mode and might not hold the same portfolio in a new government but the sheer size of the project was impressive.

"I will be seeing the premier with a recommendation.

"We understand that as soon as the election is over we will have to respond.

"This has military heritage as well as tourism potential and it comes together very well."

More than $60,000 for the statue of Duncan Chapman, the Maryborough man who was first ashore at Gallipoli, was raised in a community appeal.

The statue will be unveiled with a Dawn of the Anzacs special sound and light show at dawn on April 24 and April 25 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Cr O'Connell, a member of the committee appointed as a sub-committee of the Maryborough RSL, said the project had the support of the council, which commissioned the concept plans from Crossley Architects.

"This is one of the most exciting projects seen in our region and expands on our initial plan for a new entrance into Queens Park. It will become a national drawcard and will link to the Cenotaph, the Maryborough Military Museum and the Hervey Bay Light Horse statue in a military heritage trail."

Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans said senior 9th Battalion officers had been enthusiastic when shown the concept plan images and had given the project firm support.

"The community has demonstrated its enthusiasm," Mr Evans said.

"Now we are looking for state, federal and corporate funding for Stage 2, which will become one of the most significant and emotional Anzac experiences in Australia."

Mr Evans and Cr O'Connell are part of a core committee that has drawn in community members who are specialists in their field, in including Austereo regional radio's manager Greig Bolderrow who is overseeing the Dawn of the Anzacs tribute in sound and light.

Information panels and movement-activated recordings throughout the memorial will give visitors a succinct understanding of, and emotional connection with, the Gallipoli campaign and Western Front battles.

Features

  • Duncan Chapman statue, gazing upwards at the unexpected towering cliffs
  • Three symbolic outlines of the ridges behind Anzac Cove
  • Representations of the three bows of the 9th Battalion boats
  • A recreation of a Western Front trench in a memorial walk to the Cenotaph


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