The Pool of Reflection

The Pool of Reflection is a peaceful space where passersby may pause for a moment of quiet contemplation. A row of poplar trees were planted along the eastern and western sides of the pool, 28 trees in all. They are maintained to give the pool a European feel. For many veterans the still waters of the Pool of Reflection flanked by poplars evoked memories of the Somme River and its accompanying canals in France. The AIF fought some of its bloodiest battles in the Somme Valley in 1916, 1917 and 1918.

Funding for the construction of the Anzac Memorial was adversley affected by the Great Depression in the early 1930s. The building was completed through public subscription and the Pool of Reflection finished with the assistance of Unemployment Relief Funds. A second water feature had been designed by the architect, a cascading water feature on the southern side of the Anzac Memorial. The project ran out of money before the entire precinct could become a reality. The cascade was not built.

On this day
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux