A different post this time. A real and emotional post.
I have had the privilege and honor of planning a work event, volunteering and touring at “The centenary of the spirit of ANZAC” exhibition. This is one of the most amazing exhibitions I have seen and it is currently being held at the Perth Exhibition centre. Planning for this event has been a part of my life for the last two weeks and I am forever grateful for what I have felt and gained from this.
Nothing I can say, can even begin to give justice, to just how wonderful an experience this has been for me and many others. It’s a sequential timeline from pre-war Australia to now. You will be treated to a wonderful mix of visual displays, artifacts, audio and film.
I personally volunteered at the audio booth, where I was handing out headsets for patrons to wear whilst they undertook an audio journey through the exhibition.
You will come out of this exhibition with all sorts of feelings.
Pride – I am proud to be an Aussie.
Grateful- because of all the sacrifices many have made, I can live in this beautiful peaceful country.
Sadness – for the many lives lost. Make sure you pack your tissues and handkerchiefs. What you see and feel can be very confrontational.
There are two main things that are embedded in my memory from this event. Make sure you look into the eyes of the shell-shocked soldier and find the Kerosene tin grave cross. There is plenty there to enjoy and reflect on.
The Tickets for this event are free, but booking is highly recommended. There are some very busy periods with school tours and big social groups attending.
The exhibition will be touring 23 locations across Australia. I suggest that you give yourself at least 2 hours to view the galleries fully. Personally I can and will visit this again as I noticed and focused on different things each visit.
For my PERTH readers it is currently at – “The Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth”.
The great thing about this is that it is very conveniently located in the heart of the city. Why not take the train if you haven’t done this in a while. You can also bus it in or even catch a ferry.
If you require further information regarding The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, log on Here .
This exhibition has been going for a while now , but here is a list of the remaining timeframes and places.
Perth Nov – Dec 2016
Bunbury Jan 2017
Kalgoorlie Jan – Feb 2017
Geelong Feb 2017
Orange Mar 2017
Newcastle Mar 2017
Sydney Apr 2017
Make sure you take the time to see this for yourself. Let me know what stood out for you.