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
15 November

1899 — During the BOER WAR, Gen Botha’s troops wrecked an armoured train and captured 60 prisoners including journalist WINSTON CHURCHILL

1914 — HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS MELBOURNE finished escort duties with the “ANZAC” Convoy and proceeded to the WEST ATLANTIC where they patrolled the West Indies and the east coast of North America for 18 months

1944 — The Australian Government approved sending Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) members overseas. AWAS members went to LAE, New Guinea, and served in forward areas for the first time. Female nursing and  medical personnel were already in New Guinea