The Memorial's exterior

The Anzac Memorial was designed as a sculptural monument, a unique collaboration between architect Bruce Dellit and sculptor Rayner Hoff; it is arguably one of the finest examples of the union of architecture and art in Australia.

The building is a striking architectural form, symmetrical on both axes. It uses elements reminiscent of traditional Gothic architecture (buttresses, cathedral windows, high ceilings) in the Art Deco style. The Memorial is adorned externally with twenty sculptures representing the units of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). These are the sentinels of the building, keeping watch while representing the fallen to whom the building is dedicated.

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