Corner 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 July

1942 — Japanese forces landed at GONA, New Guinea, with the intention of capturing Port Moresby by an overland route. This was the beginning of the campaign on the KOKODA TRACK

1942 — Coastwatcher SBLT C. L. PAGE, RANVR, was escorted by the Japanese to Nemboe Island, in the Solomon Islands, where he was executed

1969 — A USN Unit Commendation was awarded to HMAS PERTH for “exceptionally meritorious service” in Vietnam