Bell rings out at the Maheno on the centenary of Anzac Day

A REPLICA of the Maheno's bell has rung out on Fraser Island as a service was held at the wreck of the ship that served an important purpose during the First World War.

Students from Maheno School in New Zealand attended the service to ring a replica of the original bell, which was part  of the Maheno when it served overseas during the Great War.

Frank Ekin plays the bagpipes as the waves crash over the Maheno shipwreck.
Frank Ekin plays the bagpipes as the waves crash over the Maheno shipwreck.

The original bell was the property of the school and it was delivered under lock and code to Maryborough's Olds Engineering earlier this year to be replicated.

Two replicas were made, one for the Fraser Island service and one of the Maryborough Military Museum.

Permission had to be granted by the New Zealand government to let it out of the country.

On Saturday morning the replica rang out to remember those who had served and fallen during the First World War.

Peter Olds, owner of Olds Engineering, stood with Maheno School student Thomas Ballantyne, who rang the bell during the service.

About 150 people gathered for the Anzac Day service by the shipwreck., with planes, buses and campers coming to the ceremony in droves to pay homage to fallen and to hear the replica of the bell which had once belonged to the fastest hospital ship in the Pacific.

The Maheno served as a hospital ship off Gallipoli and France between 1915 and 1919.

It was shipwrecked on the shores of Fraser Island in 1935.

A crowd starts to gather ahead of the service held on Fraser Island at the Maheno shipwreck.
A crowd starts to gather ahead of the service held on Fraser Island at the Maheno shipwreck.