brief history ...
One of the bloodiest battle fought in its short history by Australia
, was one over a landing beach, at Gallipoli in Turkey, during the World War One.
Well, the battle was lost, but has left a strong imprint on the Australian spirit and forged a durable alliance between Australia
and New Zealand. It should be mentioned, that the battle was not lost by the people fighting on the field but by the English officers conducting the operations. Due to massive loses in human lives, people of Australia
opened a fund to build a memorial to honor the supreme sacrifice made by their fellow country men.
By the end of the WWI
the money to build the ANZAC
Memorial were risen. The plans for the ANZAC
Memorial were made by the Sydney born architect, Bruce Dellite. The ANZAC
Memorial, built from red granite and white marble and designed in Art Deco style, was opened 1934 and it took two years to complete.
The main feature of the interior, is the sculpture named Sacrifice, made by Rayner Hoff, who was also a veteran of the WWI
In 1984 the ANZAC
monument was rededicated to include all Australians who served their country.
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Memorial in the exhibition area, contains background information about the wars in which Australia
was part of. One of the most important were:
- 1899-1902 Boer War
- 1914-1918 WWI
- 1939-1945 WWII
- 1950-1953 Korea
- 1965-1972 Vietnam
- 2003 Iraq
Trivia: Above the "Sacrifice" statue there is a high dome with 120,000 stars. There is one star for each person fighting in the WWI
tourist information ...
How to get there
memorial is located in the south part of the Hyde Park
, and the closest CityRail
station is Museum.
245 Castlereagh St, NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 926 77668
Web site: RSL NSW
Hours of Operation
Every day: 9am-5pm.
memorial is closed on Christmas Day
and Good Friday
Tours are available by appointment. Please check RSL NSW
web site for latest details.