Construction: The Anzac Memorial Centenary Project

Original construction

The task of constructing the Anzac Memorial was awarded to the contractors Kell and Rigby. The board of Trustees specified that the memorial was to be built with Australian materials and by Australian workmen. Having been encouraged to give preference to returned servicemen, Kell and Rigby applied for their workers from the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) Labour Bureau. The RSSILA is now known as the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL). Many subcontractors also worked on the Memorial.

Centenary Project construction

The NSW Government and Anzac Memorial Trustees are pleased to announce the successful head contractor responsible for Centenary Project construction. Built, an experienced heritage builder, will ensure the quality of this significant Centenary of Anzac legacy project. 

Built recently completed the refurbishment of the Australian War Memorial’s First World War Galleries in preparation for the Centenary of the Gallipoli landing. Built also completed the refurbishment of the heritage-listed Gowings and State Theatre buildings in 2013, and has been awarded the contract to design and build Sydney’s newest residential tower, One30 Hyde Park.

What to expect during construction

Hoardings enclosing the Anzac Memorial Centenary Project construction area will be installed in August 2016.

The hoardings will display a series of graphics to give a sense of the breadth on interpretation presented in the Memorial’s new facilities. Photos of the construction of the original Memorial and its sculptures will be presented alongside images depicting the span of NSW military service from the colonial conflicts to contemporary Afghanistan.

All efforts will be made by the project team to minimise disruptions to commemorative services. 

Access

The public will be able to access parts of the Memorial throughout all the phases of construction. Entry points may change but will always be clearly sign posted. Pedestrian paths will be modified within the Memorial’s precinct in Hyde Park South in collaboration with the City of Sydney to avoid construction zones yet ensure the public’s access and enjoyment of Hyde Park will be maintained. 

Standard work hours

Monday to Friday: 7am - 7pm
Saturday: 7am - 5pm

Some night works, including the delivery of pre-cast beams, will be required. Construction equipment will be delivered onto the site via Liverpool Street, with all efforts made to minimise impact on local traffic.

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