The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition was officially opened today by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, in the Albury-Wodonga region. The highly interactive exhibition includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
“The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience offers Australians living in cities and regional areas an excellent opportunity to see first-hand an extensive collection of military artefacts and interpretive materials from the Australian War Memorial,” the Prime Minister said.
An innovative partnership between the Australian Government, the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Defence - supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra - is bringing the travelling exhibition to 23 locations around Australia over the next 20 months.
As the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national programme, the travelling exhibition is intended to improve understanding of Australia’s wartime experience, its impact and its lessons, to carry forward the Anzac spirit and values.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience includes a community zone which enables communities in the regions visited to uncover the contribution made by local men and women - both those who served and the families and loved ones who remained at home.
Representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister Sussan Ley said, “Our hope is that the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will start conversations that will continue long after the exhibition has concluded.”
People from the Albury-Wodonga region have until 10 September 2015 to visit the exhibition at the Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre before it moves on to Launceston later in the month. Entry is free but online bookings are required.