Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience
The Australian Government and the Australian War Memorial, supported by the Commonwealth Bank and Telstra are proud to be bringing the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience to communities across Australia.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a travelling exhibition that tells the story of Australia’s involvement in the First World War, and the ensuing Century of Service of Australia's armed forces in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australia has been involved.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience follows a chronological timeline spanning from pre-war Australia to the present day, using a mix of arresting visuals, artefacts, audio and film to engage visitors.
A key feature of the experience will be the curated ‘local stories’ zone that will be part of the exhibition. These zones will be created in close collaboration with local communities and will contribute to the legacy for each region.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national programme.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will begin its national tour in September 2015 in Albury-Wodonga.
The exhibition will travel to major cities and regional hubs across Australia, giving a large proportion of the population a chance to engage in the story, contribute to the journey and take something away from the experience. The host cities and towns are Wodonga, Launceston, Hobart, Ballarat, Bendigo, Wollongong, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tamworth, Toowoomba, Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns, Townsville, Darwin, Port Augusta, Perth, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Geelong, Orange, Newcastle and Sydney. For more details on the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience itinerary visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.
Entry to the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is free. To ensure visitors can enjoy the experience, a pre-booked ticketing system is used. Travelling through the experience will take most visitors between 45-60 minutes. School and group bookings are encouraged and can be easily arranged by visiting www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.
While the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience explores Australia’s involvement in the First World War and a Century of Service, local engagement activities will provide an opportunity for regional centres to recognise and take pride in their region and town’s contribution to Australia’s national wartime story. Central to the travelling exhibition’s themes of commemoration, education and local community engagement, is the development of a community display at each of the regional sites. Using a modular display system, communities will be able to curate their own bespoke display that will be co-located with the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. Using artefacts, photographs and memorabilia drawn from local historical societies, libraries and private collections, staff from the Australian War Memorial will assist community representatives to produce a display that is a tribute to the local men and women who fought and died for Australia and her allies.
More information about the exhibition is available at the official website: www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.
Visitors to the website will be able to:
- book their tickets to a scheduled timeslot
- see an overview of the exhibition
- watch a video walkthrough of the the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.