History of the Memorial

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

On this day
19 January

1942 — NORTH BORNEO surrendered to the Japanese providing access to oil fields vital to the success of the Japanese war effort in Asia and the Pacific

1944 — 1st. New Guinea Infantry Battalion seized an observation post on the Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain

1951 — Mustang aircraft of 77 Squadron, RAAF, launched a rocket attack on suspected Chinese headquarters in PYONGYANG, Korea