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
23 May

1942 — KANGA FORCE, formed in April 1942 to reinforce the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, moved to WAU, New Guinea, and conducted raids against Japanese positions

1945 — 1 Corps, Australian Imperial Force, was ordered to seize and occupy BALIKPAPAN, Borneo