The project aims to:
- Formalise the Adelaide Street entrance to Queens Park (as identified in the Queens Park Conservation Management Plan 12.5MB); and
- Provide a place to situate the Duncan Chapman Memorial and surrounding landscaping embellishments.
The full Memorial, when completed, will take visitors on the journey of the ANZACs from Anzac Cove at Gallipoli through to the Western Front battle theatres.
Embellishments will include other monuments to the battles waged on the Western Front. A monument is planned to commemorate the Battle of Pozieres, which, in the words of official historian Charles Bean, “was more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other spot on earth”. It was in the battle that Major Duncan Chapman lost his life.
The project provides an opportunity to link with existing military and social history attractions in Maryborough including the Cenotaph, the Military and Colonial Museum and the Walk of Achievers.
A bronze statue memorial of Lieutenant Duncan Chapman was placed in Queens Park as Stage 1 of the Fraser Coast Military Trail Project and was unveiled as part of a light show on 24 April, 2015. Duncan Chapman was the first man ashore at Anzac Cove in the Gallipoli campaign. As such he is significant in the World War 1 history of the Maryborough region. Duncan Chapman’s story and the story of the broader contribution of many people from the region to WW1 is a significant story and he is representative all those who fought in the war.
Stage 2 intends to continue to trace the Anzac story from the landing of Allied soldiers on 25 April,1915 through a representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli to a Western Front trench walk ending with a memorial to the battle of Pozieres and to recognise the special place Maryborough holds in WW1 history.
The proposal to develop a new Queens Park entry from the Sussex and Adelaide streets intersection has been planned for many years and was recommended in the Queen’s Park Conservation Management Plan of 2003 (CMP) as a necessary enhancement for this edge of the park.
|Australian Government – National Stronger Regions Fund (funds sourced by the Maryborough Returned Services League of Australia)||$900,000|
|Fraser Coast Regional Council||$900,000 (cash) + project management role|
|Queensland Government – ANZAC Centenary Funding||$1,000,000|
|Duncan Chapman Memorial Statue – Stage 1||Completed|
|Gallipoli to Armistice – Stage 2||In progress|
To view stages of the construction site click here.