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Anzac display Darwin bound

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit Darwin for one week only next month.
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience will visit Darwin for one week only next month. Contributed

THE Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience - the largest free travelling exhibition ever featured by the Australian War Memorial - will visit Darwin for one week only next month.

The display with more than 200 artefacts will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from October 17 to 24.

The exhibition allows visitors to journey through the nation's footsteps into the First World War in new and engaging ways and offers access to historical objects, such as the Buffalo Bell used in 1918 to notify the citizens of Darwin that the Armistice ending the war had been signed.

Major General (retired) Brian Dawson from the Australian War Memorial announced the visit.

"This is a free exhibition to mark the Anzac Centenary, 1914 to 1918, and will only visit the Northern Territory once, in Darwin. The response so far has been tremendous, so I urge visitors to book their free place through the website at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au quickly to avoid disappointment," he said.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the people of the Northern Territory to learn of the ways in which the sacrifice of our service men and women has shaped, and continues to shape, Australia as a nation," Major General Dawson said.

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience includes a community zone that has been created in consultation with local organisations.

The community zone has been a consistently popular feature at all locations to date as it shares the stories of local servicemen and women who contributed to Australia's First World War efforts.

Darwin has a long and rich military history.

Lt. Albert Chalmers Borella, the Northern Territory's only Victoria Cross recipient, famously walked 140km then rode on horseback from Tennant Creek to Darwin to enlist in the First World War.

When told the AIF was not accepting volunteers from the Northern Territory, he sailed from Darwin to Townsville to enlist for active service with 14 other Territorians.

The exhibition is open in Darwin from from 9am-5.30pm daily.

Tickets are limited so book early to ensure you don't miss out.

Free tickets for the exhibition can be booked at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

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