The Pool of Reflection

Bruce Dellit’s vision for the Memorial included a still pool bounded by poplars to the north of the building (included for their significant symbolic association with the battles in France and Belgium), and a cascading fountain to the south.

Funding for the construction of the Anzac Memorial was adversley affected by the Great Depression in the early 1930s. In 1934 the building was completed through public subscription, and the Pool of Reflection finished with the assistance of Unemployment Relief Funds.

Twenty-eight Populus nigra “Ítalica” were originally planted in two rows of 14 on either side of the pool. Unfortunately, poplars are not well suited to the location alongside the Pool of Reflection owing to their size, their soil requirements and their propensity to disease. As part of the 2015–16 Pool of Reflection enhancement and associated works, the City of Sydney carried out extensive research and consultation with stakeholders to determine a suitable replacement for the poplars. Tulip trees are similar in form and foliage to poplars and have the same tall, narrow, vertical lines that reflect the landscape of the French and Belgian battlefields. 

 

 

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