Explore the Memorial

Explore the history of the building, the art and architecture and other resources

Exhibition item - photo by Rob Tuckwell

History

The Anzac Memorial was created by the people of New South Wales as a place to remember the impact of the Great War (1914 – 1918). Although the Memorial did not open until 1934 the need for the Memorial was recognised as soon as the casualty figures from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign became public knowledge. Planning for a Memorial of some kind began with the establishment of a fund on the first anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1916.

 

Pool of Reflection

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

Online tour

Visit the Anzac Memorial’s exhibition space and Assembly Hall

On this day
20 May

1941 — German airborne forces began their invasion of CRETE. Allied forces out  numbered the Germans but were poorly equipped due to the rapid evacuation of Greece. Attacks were launched at Canea, Maleme, Retimo, and Heraklion

1943 — Japanese bombers attacked EXMOUTH, Western Australia

1993 — 1 RAR troops returned to Australia after peace-keeping duties in Somalia

2004 — The Australian Defence Force ceased the formal provision of security forces in TIMOR LESTE, handing responsibility to the country’s own Defence Force and Police