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
18 January

1942 — Lt Col C ANDERSON 2/19 Battalion, 8th Division, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, won a Victoria Cross for his leadership, his protection of his own wounded men, and for repeatedly risking his own life, during operations in Australia’s first contact with Japanese troops in the MUAR region of Malaya. Lt Col Anderson had previously won a Military Cross in WW1

1945 — Australian troops of 2/5 Battalion engaged troops of the 41st Japanese Division near the village of BALIF, New Guinea