Original Design and Function


The Anzac Memorial was designed to be a place of silent contemplation. The Memorial's architect Bruce Dellit chose to design the building in the modern and popular art deco style. He intended the building to function as a sculptural monument.

The building’s design combines the strong aesthetic qualities of a monument with the more utilitarian requirements to house veterans organisations and their auxiliaries. Among those organisations that were based at the Anzac Memorial were The Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia (NSW Branch), The Limbless Soldiers’ Association of NSW and The TB Sailors and Soldiers’ Association of Australia (NSW). These particular veterans groups provided the Trustees of the Anzac Memorial.

Eventually spaces in the Memorial would be  used for other purposes  from the establishment of a veterans building society, doctors consulting rooms, a Returned and Services League NSW tribunal and a hall in which to hold dances and other social events for disabled veterans. It was a place where veterans could come to get support and reminisce together.

The economic impact of the great depression adversely influenced the completion of the Memorial. Some elements of the original design were not completed due to their cost. 

After the completion of the central building, unemployment relief funds released to the City of Sydney allowed the Pool of Reflection to be built. 




On this day

On this day
24 June

1927 — Opening of the MENIN GATE Memorial at YPRES, Belgium. This Memorial records the names of over 56,000 Allied soldiers, including 6176 Australians, missing in the battles around YPRES in World War 1

1940 — The British Government requested Australian support in the provision of military assets to assist in the garrisoning Malaya

1942 — Rommel’s Afrika Corps attacked Egypt, forcing the Allied troops back to El ALAMEIN

1942 — Maroubra Force was formed from the 300 strong Papuan Infantry Battalion and the 39th Battalion, an Australian militia unit. Its job was to defend Port Moresby