THE Glenorchy community will be one of the first in Australia to view the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience when the event officially opens to the public on 14 October.
The exhibition, which runs until 20 October at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, is the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Centenary national program.
With a focus on providing an immersive and interactive experience, visitors can walk through recreated First World War environments and view an extensive collection of genuine military artefacts donated by the Australian War Memorial.
The exhibition will also feature a “community zone” for local stories specially curated by Glenorchy City Council and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Brigadier Alison Creagh, executive director of the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, said the exhibition would house more than 200 artefacts from the Australian War Memorial.
“From Gallipoli to the Western Front, this is our story as a young nation – Australians and New Zealanders were there and their experiences helped define the Australian character and spirit,” she said.
“We hope residents throughout Tasmania will take the opportunity to visit and see first-hand the action and, at times, devastation that the First World War wrought in various battles and campaigns.”
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit 23 locations around Australia between September 2015 and April 2017.
The event is presented by the Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Defence Force and is proudly supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra.
Entrance to the event is free but booking is essential via the website and places are limited.
For more information and to book, visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au
Follow the event on social media using the hashtag #spiritofanzac as it travels around Australia.