25 March 2015

Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition to visit Geelong

Geelong and Corangamite residents will have the opportunity to become immersed in Australia’s First World War Story with Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, today announcing that a special travelling exhibition will visit Geelong.

Ms Henderson said the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition was an exciting and unique way to bring the Centenary of Anzac commemorations to Geelong. The exhibition will visit Geelong in February 2017.

“The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is an interactive exhibit that will give Geelong and Corangamite residents a unique perspective of Australia’s involvement in the First World War,” Ms Henderson said.

“From the moment people enter this exhibit, it will be as if they are stepping off a ship and onto the shores of Gallipoli. From there, as they move throughout the exhibit, they will trace the movements of Anzac Soldiers through the trenches of the Western Front and the deserts of Palestine right up to the signing of the Armistice.

“I am delighted that Geelong will be one of the 23 communities around Australia that will host this magnificent exhibition,” Ms Henderson said.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson, said the Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial had partnered with Telstra the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to make the exhibition possible.

“I would like to sincerely thank both Telstra, and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for working with the Government on this project and making it a reality,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“One of the most important legacies that can come from the Anzac Centenary national programme is to improve community understanding and awareness of our wartime history, particularly for younger Australians.

“Attending the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is free of charge and I would strongly encourage all Geelong residents to go along see this extraordinary exhibition,” Senator Ronaldson said.

For more information on the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, visit www.SpiritofAnzac.gov.au

25 March 2015