History

The Anzac Memorial was created by the people of New South Wales as a place to remember the impact of the Great War (1914 – 1918). Although the Memorial did not open until 1934 the need for the Memorial was recognised as soon as the casualty figures from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign became public knowledge. Planning for a Memorial of some kind began with the establishment of a fund on the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1916.

 

On this day
30 April

1860 —HMVS VICTORIA sailed from Melbourne for service in the MAORI War, New Zealand. This was Australia’s first commitment of forces to fight overseas

1915 — HMA Submarine AE2 was sunk by a Turkish warship in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey. 3 Officers and 17 men were taken prisoner. 4 men died as prisoners of war

1918 — Second attack on ES SALT, PALESTINE. Australian, New Zealand and British troops attempted to recapture the village first taken a month before. The battle was lost at a cost of 2500 troops killed, wounded, or taken prisoner

1941 — The last evacuation ship left Greece, bringing the Greek campaign to an end