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Brolga Theatre, Maryborough

on November 3, 2012. Posted in Gigs, War Stories Regional Tour 2012

In the famous words of P.J.Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. We had a wonderful time here in Maryborough (home town of P.J.Travers) and playing the beautiful Brolga Theatre was a treat. I’m so fortunate to be re-visiting all of these great venues that hosted us back in 2010 on the Peace Train tour, great memories and indeed a privilege to play to such a warm and appreciative audience. We had a relaxing BBQ dinner by the pool after our drive from Brisbane and enjoyed the balmy spring evening with a few cleansing ales (just like a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down).

Whilst in town I learned that the very first soldier to land on the beach at Gallipoli was indeed from Maryborough. His name was Lieutenant Duncan Chapman and he was born in the city on the 15th May 1888 and educated at local schools. Duncan fought throughout the Gallipoli Campaign, being reported missing once, but was eventually repatriated with the rest of the troops to Egypt. On the 4th January 1916, Duncan Chapman was promoted to Temp Major while waiting at Serapeum to embark for Marseilles. The troops proceeded to Bailleul and he was again promoted to Major in the 45th Battalion on the 24th June 1916. His troops moved to the front near Pozieres, France, where on the 6th August 1916, he was killed in action. Rest in peace Duncan, Lest We Forget.