Anzac tribute on twice in two days in Maryborough

A TRIBUTE to the Gallipoli landing and other Australian battles of the First World War will be played out twice as the statue of the first Anzac ashore is unveiled to the public in Maryborough.

At 5.15am on April 24, the morning before Anzac Day, the tribute "Dawn of the Anzacs", will be presented to about 230 passengers on the WW1 Troop Train, which will travel from Winton to Brisbane to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

The steam train will stop overnight in Maryborough on April 23, with travellers attending the pre-dawn official tribute and statue commemoration at Queens Park the next morning before leaving for Brisbane.

Veterans who intend taking part in the traditional dawn service rituals and representatives of the 9th Battalion will also be able to attend. Another presentation of the sound and light tribute will begin at Duncan Chapman's statue at 4.45am on Anzac Day, dovetailing into the traditional dawn service at the Cenotaph.

Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans said the need for two presentations had become evident as the committee looked at trying to accommodate all people who wanted to see the "Dawn of the Anzacs" tribute.

"We were especially concerned with veterans who have their traditional drink of rum and then walk to the Cenotaph for the dawn service.

"They also want to see the tribute to Gallipoli and the Western Front at the statue but incorporating both would have made the day too long for them.

The public was welcome to attend the 30-minute "Dawn of the Anzacs" tribute either day, he said.