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 August

1915 — 2 LT H. THROSSELL won VC at HILL 60, GALLIPOLI - the first VC to be awarded to a Western Australian in the War and the only one to an Australian Light Horseman

1942 — Japanese advance halted at MILNE BAY. This marked the furthest point south achieved by Japanese land forces

1942 — Battle of Alam el Halfa (North Africa)

1942 — HMAS ARUNTA sank Japanese sub-marine RO-33

1968 — Death of C.E.W. Bean, historian, author/editor of  “Official History of Australia in the War of 1914—1918”