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 November

1942 - Flight Sergeant R.H. MIDDLETON won a Victoria Cross for his gallantry in guiding his stricken bomber from Italy to England to save as manyof his crew as possible. Middleton, who had been badly wounded when a shell burst in the cockpit, crashed and died in the English Channel after his crew abandoned the aircraft

1950 - Australian troops secured the Taedong River ferry crossing in KOREA. This was one of the only two roads avaliable for the US Army's retreat in the face of Korean and Chinese advances