Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Evidence Backs Claim

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Evidence Backs Claim

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RESEARCHER and librarian John Mager is adamant Maryborough's Duncan Chapman was the first man ashore at Gallipoli.

"Only Duncan Chapman is mentioned in the official records of the Anzac Cove landing and that is corroborated by so many points," Mr Mager said.

"I respect the feelings of others who feel their relative was first ashore but history is history. Duncan Chapman was the first man to step ashore from the first boat that landed at Gallipoli."

Mr Mager and volunteers at the Maryborough Military Museum have spent hundreds of hours combing documents of the Gallipoli landing and have come across nothing that proves anyone other than Lieutenant Duncan Chapman was first ashore.

Museum owner John Meyers said research over the past few months had added strength to Maryborough's rightful place in history.

Museum director Allan Woodward said he found it difficult to discuss the other claims because they could not be verified.

"They might have copies of statements made by comrades, which are an inevitable part of historical events, but they have no real substantiated proof," Mr Woodward said. …

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