Duncan Chapman statue to arrive on Thursday

THE statue of Maryborough's Duncan Chapman, the first man ashore at Gallipoli, will arrive in the Heritage City on Thursday ahead of its unveiling in Queens Park on April 24.

Work is already under way at the park to complete the first stage of the tribute to the fallen soldier, who was killed at Pozieres in France a little more than a year after taking that fateful step onto the beach at Gallipoli.

A revered flag Lt Chapman carried ashore at Gallipoli will be brought to Maryborough ahead of the official unveiling of his statue at 5.15am on April 24.

"Lt Chapman carried the flag tucked in his breast as he stepped ashore from the first of the 9th Battalion boats that crunched on to the beach of what would become known as Anzac Cove," Nancy Bates, who led fundraising efforts for the statue, said.


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