The Interior Bas Reliefs

On the marble walls of the interior are bas relief panels depicting personnel from the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Army Medical Corps. Note that these are the descriptions of the subject matter of the bas reliefs as described in The Book of the Anzac Memorial (1934). Although Australia sent aviators to the Great War most served in the Australian Flying Corps, a branch of the Australian Imperial Force while others served in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, part of the British Army and Navy. Australia did not have an independent Air Force as a branch service until 1921.

These panels depict men and a woman in uniform resting or mourning fallen comrades. Behind them march the souls of the departed, known as the March of the Dead.

On this day
21 July

1942 — Japanese forces landed at GONA, New Guinea, with the intention of capturing Port Moresby by an overland route. This was the beginning of the campaign on the KOKODA TRACK

1942 — Coastwatcher SBLT C. L. PAGE, RANVR, was escorted by the Japanese to Nemboe Island, in the Solomon Islands, where he was executed

1969 — A USN Unit Commendation was awarded to HMAS PERTH for “exceptionally meritorious service” in Vietnam