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
26 March

1917 — First Battle of GAZA began. This was the first Allied attempt to capture this major Turkish centre 32km inside the border of PALESTINE. Two Australian Light Horse Brigades, the ANZAC Mounted Division, and the Imperial Camel Corps were involved in the battle

1917 — CAPT P. CHERRY, a GALLIPOLI veteran, won a Victoria Cross at LAGNICOURT, France. Despite facing strong opposition, Cherry organised machine-gun and bombing parties to progress his company’s attack after all of the Officers became casualties. He was killed during this action. The Victoria Cross and the Military Medal he had won earlier were presented posthumously. There were 1010 Australian casualties, including 300 taken prisoner in this battle