Buttress Sculptures

Dellit originally planned for numerous bronze sculptures to adorn the exterior of the Memorial. He planned for a standing figure on each of the corners, - the 'Four Seasons' and sixteen seated figures, four to a side, representing 'the Arts of Peace and War'. Hoff transformed these classicized or allegorical figures to unmistakable Australian figures from the Great War - modern Anzacs in modern military dress, in stylised in modern form - which emphatically locate the Memorial in the Australian present. Their original bronze castings were changed to cast granite (ground granite packed into molds), so that they would seem to be hewn from the building itself, or flowering from the buttresses, in Dellit's own words. The figures, heroic in size and broadly sculptured in sympathy with the character of the architecture, are shown with bowed heads, as if resting after their labours and sadly contemplating the havoc of the war years.

On this day
21 September

1916 — HMAS Melbourne joined the Second Light Cruiser Squadron for operations in the NORTH SEA. The Squadron was based at ROSYTH, Scotland

1918 — Australian Flying Corps airmen attacked Turkish troops at WADI FARA, Palestine

1971 — Battle of Nui Le, South Vietnam. Soldiers of B and D Company 4RAR/NZ fought an Intense battle in which 5 Australians were killed and 24 wounded. This was the last battle fought by Australians in South Vietnam