The Anzac Memorial

Honouring service and sacrifice
A physical expression of the spirit and legend of Anzac — Honouring service and sacrifice by all servicemen, servicewomen and their families.
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The Anzac Memorial is dedicated to the remembrance of Australians who have served in the Defence Force.

About

The Anzac Memorial is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed under the Anzac Memorial (Building) Act 1923.

Learning at the Memorial

The Anzac Memorial launched a brand new learning program for schools in November 2018. We are now taking bookings for 2019!

Support the Memorial

Support the Memorial as a volunteer, a donor or by donating objects to the collection

The Home Soil

The Hall of Service displays soil from 1,701 places in New South Wales, representing more than one-hundred thousand First World War enlistees who answered the call to serve.

At the Memorial

The Anzac Memorial is a place of commemoration and remembrance - honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian men and women in war and peacekeeping activities, from colonial times to the present day.

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor