The Memorial's exterior

The Anzac Memorial was designed as a sculptural monument, a unique collaboration between architect Charles Bruce Dellit and sculptor George 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 April

1915 — LT C. POPE won a Victoria Cross at LOUVERVAL, France. Having been ordered “to hold this post at all costs”, Pope and his men, who were out of ammunition, charged a large German force. Later, his body, and those of his men, was found close to 80 dead Germans

1942 — HMAS VENDETTA, which had been stranded in dry-dock in SINGAPORE when the Japanese invaded, arrived in Melbourne after being towed over 8000Km in 72 days

1951 — C Company 3 RAR captured Hill SALMON in Korea