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Melbourne hosts the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience



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The Hon Stuart Robert MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Minister for Human Services Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

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Melbourne hosts the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition officially opened in Melbourne today. Featuring more than 200 artefacts, usually housed at the Australian War Memorial, Melbourne residents are encouraged to visit this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, said the travelling exhibition has been widely embraced by audiences.

"Melbourne is the first capital city in Australia to host this impressive exhibition and large numbers of people who visited the exhibition from regional New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria have said it was one of the best exhibitions they had ever seen," Minister Robert said.

"Following the large number of people who attended Anzac Day services in Melbourne this year we are confident a great many Melbournians will visit the exhibition and honour our brave servicemen and women."

Melbourne is the seventh of 22 locations the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit between September 2015 and April 2017, with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre hosting the experience from Monday, 8 February to Tuesday, 23 February 2016.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience includes a community zone that has been created with the assistance of local organisations. The community zone has been a consistently popular feature at all exhibition locations as it shares the stories of local servicemen and women who contributed to Australia’s First World War efforts.

"The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is the flagship community event of the Anzac Centenary national programme. It provides an opportunity for people in cities and regional Australia to mark the most significant commemorative period in our nation’s history," Minister Robert said.

The travelling exhibition is intended to improve understanding of Australia’s wartime experience, its impacts, its lessons, and to carry forward the Anzac spirit and values.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a free event but bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information, including the tour itinerary, and to book tickets for individuals or groups visit www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

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