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
29 June

1942 — SALAMAUA , a New Guinea village defended by 300 Japanese troops, was attacked by 70 men of the 2/5th Independent Company and the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles. They killed over 100 Japanese and caused large-scale destruction of airfield facilities, including the radio station and a supply dump. Three Australians were slightly wounded.

1950 — Australia became one of the first countries to commit Navy, Army, and Air Force units to the UN Command for service in Korea