My “Spirit of Anzac” Centenary Experience

My “Spirit of Anzac” Centenary Experience

The “Spirit of Anzac” Centenary Experience arrived in Adelaide, and what an experience it was.

The exhibition gives viewers a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to walk through various recreated World War 1 environments (via sound, audio, images, and in some cases figurines on sets) featuring more than 200 artefacts.

You walk through “rooms” at your own pace, and are given stories and details of the various events and campaign via the audio headphones that you are given at the beginning of the tour. Generally it takes attendees anywhere from 1-2 hours to makes their way through. There really is a lot to see.

This travelling exhibition which is transported from place-to-place on 10 semitrailers has been on the road since September 2015, and has already visited Albury/Wodonga, Launceston, Hobart, Ballarat, Bendigo, Wollongong, and Melbourne. With Adelaide only having a few more days left.

After Adelaide the tour heads to:
Tamworth – Apr/May 2016
Toowoomba – May 2016
Brisbane – Jun 2016
Mackay – Jul 2016
Cairns – Aug 2016
Townsville – Sep 2016
Darwin – Oct 2016
Port Augusta – Nov 2016
Perth – Nov/Dec 2016
Bunbury – Jan 2017
Kalgoorlie – Jan/Feb 2017
Geelong – Feb 2017
Orange – Mar 2017
Newcastle – Mar 2017
Sydney – Apr 2017

Entry is free, but bookings are required, and you can do so on their Spirit of Anzac website www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

First, here’s a short behind-the-scene video of the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, which will give you an idea of the work that’s gone into creating this exhibition.

And here’s just a few photos from my visit today …

the welcome sign, Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

the welcome sign

war is declared, Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

war is declared

the navy is sent in

the navy is sent in

looking at old movies of troops on ships through portholes

looking at old movies of troops on ships through portholes

the Anzac troops

the Anzac troops

the men the called the ANZACs

the men the called the ANZACs

the 11th Battalion at Cheops Pyramid, Egypt

the 11th Battalion at Cheops Pyramid, Egypt

identifying some of the troops in the 11th Battalion AIF, Cheops Pyramid photo

identifying some of the troops in the 11th Battalion AIF, Cheops Pyramid photo

old movie footage

old movie footage

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a gunner in the first world war

a gunner in the first world war

the hopelessness

the hopelessness

they even had images projected on to military hospital beds

they even had images projected on to military hospital beds

the (Australian) WW1 numbers

the (Australian) WW1 numbers

the last shell the Australian gunners fired at Anzac before evacuating, then converted into a mess room dinner gong

the last shell the Australian gunners fired at Anzac before evacuating, then converted into a mess room dinner gong

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

the giant Anzac Day wall

the giant Anzac Day wall

If you get a chance, go and see it. It will give you more of an understanding on what our ancestors went through.

www.spiritofanzac.gov.au

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