Buttress sculptures

Rayner Hoff's sixteen seated figures, which represent the various units of the AIF, are positioned at the top of the Memorial building's buttresses. These statues hold the equipment and weaponry relevant to their roles and demonstrate the skills and expertise demonstrated by Australians during the Great War. The figures make the building's purpose very clear.

They were made in Hoff’s studio. He would model a clay figure to a third or half life-size and then it would be enlarged, exactly to scale, by his assistants with the aid of a pointing machine. A plaster cast was then made in segments under John Moorfield’s supervision and the clay removed from the inside. Thomas Grounds and Sons, a Newtown-based family business, then cast the figures in synthetic stone using a white cement, very fine- grained sand and a pinch of red oxide (to match the pink granite cladding of the building).

On this day

On this day
14 November

1917— The end of the 3rd. Battle of  YPRES. Australian troops had been involved in this area for 3 1/2 months and suffered heavy losses in places such as MENIN ROAD, POLYGON WOOD and PASSCHENDAELE.

1944— LCDR S DARLING RANVR was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for the second time in 7 days for his actions while in command of anti-submarine operations in the Atlantic Ocean