The Design Competition

 

The competition for the design of the Anzac Memorial was announced in July 1929 and was open to Australian architects living in any part of the world. From the 117 designs that were received by the Trustees of the Memorial, models of the top seven were exhibited at the Blaxland Galleries in Farmer’s Department Store on George St, where Myer Sydney now stands. On 8 July 1930, the winning prize of £250 was awarded to Sydney architect Charles Bruce Dellit by the Governor of NSW, Sir Phillip Game.

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