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Life-sized bronze sculpture in Queens Park commemorates Lieutenant Duncan Chapman who is believed to be the first man ashore at Gallipoli. The memorial display contains stones and sand from Gallipoli and depicts the first man ashore gazing towards the high cliffs the moment the first shot rang out. 

The memorial will be unveiled at 4.28am on April 25, 2015 – 100 years to the minute Lieutenant Chapman stepped ashore. Funding has now been donated to help with the second stage – sculptures depicting the landing boats, the cliffs of Gallipoli and the battle of Pozieres, where Duncan Chapman was killed in 1916. 

In The Great War, Les Carlyon, writing about the Battle of Pozieres in August, 1916, wrote: “The (45th) battalion lost 345 men, among them Major Duncan Chapman of Brisbane (where he enlisted), who many believed was the first Australian to land at Gallipoli.’’

In a letter to his brother Charles, Lieutenant Chapman described the landing. “To me was given the extreme honour of being actually the first man to put foot ashore on this peninsula,’’ he wrote.


Address:Sussex Street, Queens Park , Maryborough, 4650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.536205
Long: 152.703906
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 24th April, 2015
Front Inscription

Lieutenant (late Major) Duncan Chapman

Born Maryborough, Queensland, 15.05.1888
Died Pozieres, France, 06.08.1916

First ANZAC ashore at Gallipoli

This statue was made possible through the generosity of Warren and Raelene Persal and community - spirited citizens of Maryborough and beyond.

Source: MA
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