Art and Architecture

The Anzac Memorial is at once both a work of art and a remarkable piece of architecture. The artist was George Rayner Hoff, an English sculptor who had migrated to Sydney in the 1920s. Rayner Hoff had served in the Royal Engineers as a map maker in France during the Great War and in Germany with the army of occupation. His collaboration with the Australian architect Charles Bruce Dellit on the Anzac Memorial is seamless, it is impossible to identify where the work of the artist ends and that of the architect begins. It is one of the finest surviving examples of art deco style in Australia.

On this day
21 April

1917 — The Imperial War Graves Commission, now known as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, responsible for the erection and maintenance of war memorials and cemeteries ,was founded

1918 — Baron von Richthofen, “The Red Baron”, was shot down near AMIENS, France. His body was recovered and buried by members of 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

1969 — HMAS HOBART was awarded a United States Navy Unit Citation for her service in Vietnam