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
6 December

1917 —  “MONT BLANC”, a French munitions ship carrying explosives bound for Europe, blew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, after colliding with another ship. About 1800 people were killed and 9000 injured in what was reported as the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb

1951 — HMAS SYDNEY began its second patrol off KOREA. SYDNEY’s aircraft were used to protect South Korean-held islands of the north-west coast