VIDEO: Work starts on Duncan Chapman statue site in M'boro
WORK has started on the creation of Maryborough's Duncan Chapman memorial to commemorate the first Anzac to step ashore at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.
Those involved in the project have until April 23 to get the monument ready for the Dawn of the Anzacs tribute, on April 24 and 25.
Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans said stage one of the memorial would be completed for Anzac Day.
"The council is doing all the groundwork now," Mr Evans said.
"It's going well down there."
Mr Evans said after Anzac Day, the focus would then be on the second stage of the monument.
"We're going to have a monument to Gallipoli and Pozieres there," he said.
"We would love to have stage two done by August 2016."
That date will be the anniversary of Chapman's death at Pozieres, in France.
"There was more Australian blood spilt at Pozieres than anyone else in history," Mr Evans said.
"The day before they won Pozieres, Duncan Chapman was killed."
Born in Maryborough in 1888, Lieutenant (later Major) Duncan Chapman was educated at Central School and Maryborough Boys Grammar School, which is now part of Maryborough High State School.
Mr Evans said something like 50 of his relatives were coming to the ceremony and the people who own the house that he lived in at Fort St are putting on a morning tea.
Mr Evans said the statue of Lieutenant Chapman was being created in Sydney and wouldn't be unveiled until April 24.
"He's stepping ashore in the statue," Mr Evans said.
"He is stepping ashore and looking up at the cliffs."