VIDEO: Stones and sand from Anzac Cove arrive in M'boro
SAND and stones from Anzac Cove in Gallipoli have arrived on the Fraser Coast and will form a symbolic part of the Duncan Chapman memorial in Maryborough's Queens Park.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the sand and stones held special significance and to recognise that, they would be placed around the feet of the Duncan Chapman statue.
Duncan Chapman, born and raised in Maryborough, was the first man ashore in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during the First World War.
Cr O'Connell said it was likely resin would be used to keep the sand and stones in place at the memorial, which will be shown to the public in two Dawn of the Anzac tributes on April 24 and 25.
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He said the Brisbane Turkish Consulate General in Brisbane, Turgut Allahmanli, had arranged for the symbolic stones and sand to be sent from Gallipoli.
"Today we are the proud recipients of sand and pebbles from Anzac Cove in Gallipoli," Cr O'Connell said.
"Of course this sand and this pebble, as historic as it is, will form part of the Duncan Chapman monument.
"And of course as we all know Duncan Chapman was the first man on land at Gallipoli almost 100 years ago and of course he came from Maryborough, so a terrific tribute, a great connection between Australia and Turkey, but a fantastic connection between the city of Maryborough, the region of the Fraser Coast and the Turkish people."
Maryborough RSL sub branch president Bob Evans said Duncan Chapman was part of the 9th Battalion, the Wide Bay regiment.
"I think this will be very significant for Australia, not just for Maryborough and the district," he said.
"I think we'll have a lot of people coming to see Duncan when we bring him home."