History of the Memorial

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

On this day
19 October

1915— HMAShips PARRAMATTA, WARREGO, YARRA, and UNA on patrol in the Malay Archipelago, MALAYSIA

1916— HMAS MELBOURNE, in company with other warships, took part in a sweep of the NORTH SEA off the coast of Norway

1919— The Australian Naval Board approved the inclusion of “Advance Australia Fair” in the repertoire of RAN bands