Explore the Memorial

The Anzac Memorial is both a work of art and a remarkable piece of architecture. The artist was George Rayner Hoff, an English sculptor who had migrated to Sydney in the 1920s. Rayner Hoff had served in the Royal Engineers as a map maker in France during the Great War and in Germany with the army of occupation. His collaboration with the Australian architect Charles Bruce Dellit on the Anzac Memorial is seamless. It is impossible to identify where the work of the artist ends and that of the architect begins. It is one of the finest surviving examples of art deco style in Australia.

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