Joan Cook and Anna Clark with names badges that will be worn by members of the Chapman family on their historic Maryborough visit.
Joan Cook and Anna Clark with names badges that will be worn by members of the Chapman family on their historic Maryborough visit. Contributed

Special name badges for members of Chapman family

SPECIAL name badges will be worn by members of the Chapman family as they arrive in Maryborough this week for the unveiling of a statue of their famous relative.

About 50 descendants of Duncan Chapman's brothers and sisters will attend the Dawn of the Anzacs sound and light tribute produced by Maryborough theatre and radio maestro Greig Bolderrow.

Joan Cook, whose husband Grant is a grandson of Duncan's sister Mary, and Anna and David Clark, who own the restored house that was the childhood home of Duncan, are making sure the Chapmans enjoy the hospitality of Maryborough.

They have organised name badges and promotional packs, tours of Central and Maryborough High schools where Duncan is an honoured former pupil and a visit to the grave of his parents at the Maryborough cemetery.

The tombstone of Robert and Maud Chapman also carries an inscription for their son Major Duncan Chapman "killed in the Great War" in 1916.

Nancy Bates, president of the Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee, said some members of the Chapman family were travelling from as far away as Perth and Melbourne.

"We want to make them feel special," she said.

"The family has waited 100 years for this son of Maryborough to be fittingly recognised for his role in Australian military history."



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