The original construction

 

The task of constructing the Anzac Memorial was awarded to the contractors Kell and Rigby. The board of Trustees specified that the memorial was to be built with Australian materials and by Australian workmen. Having been encouraged to give preference to returned servicemen, Kell and Rigby applied for their workers from the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA) Labour Bureau. The RSSILA is now known as the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL). Many subcontractors also worked on the Memorial.

On this day

On this day
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux