Member's Statement: Caulfield RSL 'Back to Gallipoli' Exhibition

Mr SOUTHWICK (Caulfield) — With Anzac Day commemorations being held over coming days and on 25 April itself, I wish to bring to the attention of the Parliament a very significant event being held at the Caulfield RSL in my electorate. Every year the Caulfield sub branch, along with a New Zealand sub branch, holds a well attended dawn service and focuses on community activities for all ages. This year, being the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, the RSL has developed an exhibition at the rear of its premises at 4 St Georges Road, Elsternwick. In an area of 800 square metres the exhibition recreates the Gallipoli battlefield from 1915, with trenches, uniforms, replications of scenes and simulated artillery.

Hundreds of sandbags are currently being installed in the exhibition. The ‘Back to Gallipoli’ exhibition opens on Monday, 20 April, and will run until 26 April. I encourage all residents in my electorate and members of Parliament to visit the exhibition and experience firsthand what life was like for thousands of young soldiers in Turkey in 1915. Open from 10.00 a.m. until 10.00 p.m., the exhibition was created by a professional movie designer who has produced sets for numerous international films and was part of the Gallipoli series itself. On Anzac Day we will be having a march down Glenhuntly Road for the very first time; the street will be closed. This will be a great event, which we encourage all to attend.

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