A must-see interactive exhibition on Australian involvement in the First World War opens in Orange today.
Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Dan Tehan, said the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience tells the story of Australia before, during and after the First World War.
“The exhibition is presented to recognise the Anzac Centenary – a period spanning 2014 to 2018 - the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history,” Mr Gee said.
“Orange is the 21st location for the travelling exhibition which is designed to improve the community’s understanding of the First World War, its impacts and its lessons, and to carry forward the Anzac spirit and values.
“Central Western New South Wales made a significant contribution to the First World War and this exhibition certainly highlights how men and women from this area served and sacrificed in that conflict. It’s an exhibition not to be missed.
“Over 60,000 Australians lost their lives in the First World War. This exhibition helps ensure their sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Mr Gee said.
Almost 300,000 people have visited the exhibition and visitors can experience re-creations of the trenches on the Somme, a captured German Field Gun from the Western Front and even see what is thought to be the casing of the last shell fired at Gallipoli.
A popular feature of the exhibition is the Community Zone which showcases artefacts from the First World War which have been sourced from around the Central West Region of New South Wales.
The Community Zone features the story of Sir Neville Howse, Orange resident and Australia’s first recipient of the Victoria Cross, awarded during the Boer War. He also served at Gallipoli where he took charge of evacuating wounded men from the beach during the early days of the campaign.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary program. It provides an opportunity for people in cities and regional Australia to participate in the most significant commemorative period in Australia’s history.
The exhibition will be located at the Orange Indoor Tennis Club from 12 to 17 March, 2017. Tickets are free and bookings can be made at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au or by calling 1300 462 313.