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Cheer-Up Hut at Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience this March

Monday 18 January, 2016


4Very few exhibitions are likely to evoke such emotion and opportunity for remembrance as the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience. Travelling the country as part of the national Anzac Centenary Program, this once in a lifetime exhibition is the flagship Commonwealth event commemorating the Anzac Centenary and 100 years of service.

Starting in Albury-Wadonga in September 2015, the exhibition has travelled to Launceston, Hobart, Ballarat, Bendigo and is currently in Wollongong.  In March 2016, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience comes to Adelaide and in November 2016, it will return to South Australia at Port Augusta.

The exhibition has already received high praise for its interactive stations, exceptional storytelling and local community zones, produced by creative agency Imagination.  Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience takes visitors on a journey that tells the story of the bravery, commitment and sacrifice demonstrated by Australia’s servicemen and servicewomen, and how Australia’s participation in war and peacekeeping operations over the last 100 years has shaped and impacted upon our nation.

Starting in Albury-Wodonga in September 2015, the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition is being presented at 23 locations around Australia throughout the Anzac Centenary (2014-2018). So far the exhibition has travelled to Launceston, Hobart, Ballarat, Bendigo, and is currently in Wollongong. In March 2016, it comes to Adelaide and in November 2016, will return to South Australia at Port Augusta.

Unique to the Adelaide and Port Augusta exhibitions will be addition of a re-created Cheer-Up Hut. Based on those established by the Cheer-Up Society (in particular the Adelaide ‘Burra’ Hut located where the Adelaide Festival Centre now stands) the huts are designed to support South Australians to tell their Anzac stories through membership of the Cheer-Up Hut Club.

A community engagement strategy devised by the Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit within Veterans SA sees state government working in close partnership with the RSL Virtual War Memorial, Local Government, History SA, State Library networks and other community organisations to bring the Cheer-Up Hut recreations to life. The engagement strategy invites amateur and first time writers to become members of the Cheer-Up Hut Club which guides them through a specially devised eight week digital storytelling program where they learn the steps involved to research, write and enhance their Anzac story for upload onto the RSL Virtual War Memorial and Anzac Centenary South Australia websites to become part of the South Australia’s Anzac Centenary Time Capsule project.

“We want to encourage South Australians to get that old shoebox full of photos out of the cupboard and into a story format, so that their relatives stories can be one of those captured online during the Anzac Centenary. We want to make this as easy as possible so there are no barriers to those who are keen but don’t quite know where to start”, said Sharon Cleary, Manager, Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit.

Membership to the Cheer-Up Hut Club and admission to the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition is FREE and open to South Australians of all ages. This opportunity to engage with the Anzac Centenary is not to be missed.  Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment at www.spiritofanzac.gov.au.

Click here to reserve your tickets for the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition from Adelaide 8 – 20 March, 2016 at the Wayville Showgrounds.

Click here to register for membership of the Cheer-Up Hut Club and begin your self-guided digital storytelling program today.

Click here to read more about Alexandra Seager and the Cheer-Up Society, a uniquely South Australian home front effort that began in World War 1 and continued through to the end of the Second World War.


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