Words and thoughts of the original Anzacs will guide visitors on a unique journey through The Great War in a new memorial to open in Maryborough, Queensland, on July 21.
Soaring 8m into the air is a steel representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli. Standing in front of them is a bronze statue of a Maryborough man, Lt Duncan Chapman, who became the first Anzac when he stepped ashore from a rowed boat near dawn on April 25, 1915.
Footsteps from the statue lead to a scale model of the bow of that boat, shaped from ironbark. It carried Lt Chapman and 26 others on to the beach of what would become known as Anzac Cove. Two other bows will nose in a little further back to form the trio of boats of the 9th Battalion that landed first at Gallipoli on a faraway Sunday.
The stylised cliffs form an arbour with panels telling the story of Gallipoli, much of it seen through the eyes of Queenslanders from Wide Bay. Inscribed pavers take visitors on to the Western Front and down a side path, past sculptures and whispering voices to an arbour dedicated to the pitiless battle of Pozieres.