Glenorchy prepares for the Spirit of Anzac

GLENORCHY City Council is looking forward to welcoming the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national program to the region.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will be at the Derwent Entertainment Centre from Wednesday 14 October to Tuesday 20 October 2015.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the council was excited that Glenorchy had been chosen as a location for the commemorative tour.

“The City of Glenorchy has a significant military past,” she said.

“This is where the majority of Tasmanians who enlisted in the First World War (WWI) trained, at an army base called Claremont Camp, with up to 2,000 soldiers stationed here at any one time.”

“It is fitting that we should host such a significant exhibition commemorating this war and the century of service by so many Australians.”

Mayor Johnston said the council felt honoured that the Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and its partners had chosen the Derwent Entertainment Centre as one of the destinations for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.

“We encourage everyone to visit this exhibition and use it as an opportunity to understand the contribution and the sacrifice of our defence forces across all conflicts and recent peacekeeping operations,” she said.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit 23 towns and cities across Australia between September 2015 and April 2017.

The exhibition provides a highly experiential and interactive insight into Australia’s involvement in WWI and the ensuing century of service of our armed forces.

It will allow Australians around the country to see first-hand more than 200 military artifacts and interpretive materials normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Glenorchy Council is also working with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) to create a “Community Zone” within the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.

The Community Zone will uncover the contribution made by the men and women who lived in the Glenorchy and Greater Hobart region – both those who served and the families and loved ones who remained at home.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a partnership between the Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, generously supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.

Bookings for individuals, schools and community groups are now open at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

Attendance is free.

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