Anzac Memorial, Sydney
When I first saw this memorial, I thought of "Shrine Of Remembrance" in Melbourne. Well, both memorials have the same purpose which is to remember men and women who served their country in the war. Both memorials are built in a central park in their respective cities.
The distinct difference is the interior. ANZAC memorial has a unique art sculpture of the corpse of the death solders name "Sacrifice". It is beautiful and worth the visit just to see this sculpture.
There is no viewing deck like Shrine of Remembrance.
Open between 9am-5pm.
We were walking through Hyde Park when we came upon the Anzac Memorial. It's an impressive Art Deco structure with a reflection pool behind the building. The building itself is a memorial to the Australian Imperial forces of WWI.
There are military statues around the building that are very solemn looking. It reminds me of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.
On our second visit here together we spent about an hour talking to the various volunteers about their service and the importance of the different parts of the memorial. No trip here is complete without their words and I highly recommend you take the time to talk away an hour with them and learn a little more of their service.
The Anzac Memorial is located in a corner of Hyde Park. We were walking in the park one morning and literally stumbled upon it. The Memorial was built is 1934 to commemeorate the Australian Imperial Foces involved in WWI. The memorial is quite large with an imposing Art Deco building and a large reflection pool called the Lake of Reflections surrounded by flowers and trees. Bronze sculptures of soldiers crown the building and its doors. Inside the memorial is a bronze sculpture by Rayner Hoff depicting a soldier surrounded by three female figures (wife, mother and sister). The soldier is laying flat upon his shield as if fallen in battle. It is quite a moving and interesting sculpture.
The Anzac Memorial is used on Anzac Day and other important military holidays.
As we were walking along Hyde Park we came upon this impressive structure. The Anzac Memorial built to commerate Australia's WWII dead.
There is a beautiful reflection pool. The Hall of Memory is located on the upper level and small musuem is on the ground level.
The Anzac War Memorial is commemorative military monument located at Hyde Park . It was designed by C Bruce Dellit and completed in 1934 and adorned with monumental figural reliefs and sculptures by Rayner Hoff.
Just in front of the ANZAC Memorial is a large rectangular "Lake of Reflections" .
I lived in Sydney for a year, and I've made 3 trips back to visit, and it took me until me 3rd return trip to finally take the time to go inside the ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park. I had been by there several times; I don't know what took me so long -- but it was worth it. It's a beautiful and touching memorial to the ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) military campaigns over the years.
The memorial is about 30m high with a small dome at the top. You walk up stairs on either the north or south side to enter the main hall, covered with a rotunda. This a beautiful room with engravings of all the major battles that ANZAC groups participated in. There is a round hole in the middle, and you can look down on a sculpture of a fallen soldier.
Downstairs, you can look at the same sculpture before you go into a museum area with all sorts of military memorabilia - uniforms, medals, pictures, etc. They even have some videos playing about different wars.
An interesting side note which I only just learned - the pine trees that grow around the memorial were grown from seeds that were collected in Gollipoli, a famous (maybe more famous because of the movie!) battle in WWI.
** Warning - be careful about taking pictures inside. You need to ask permission first! They are pretty nice about it if you ask. I added this picture to the tip because it's a little more unusual - for outside and more inside pics, see my travelogue.
This place is sacred and they ask that you refrain from picture taking inside. Not everyone refrains, but I did. Of all the war memorials I have seen, this is one of the most stunning and you should visit if you go to Sydney. Despite the fact that the ANZACs fought the Japanese in defense of their homeland in New Guinea, they tend to figure the Gallipoli campaign much more prominently. Indeed, I would say the Gallipoli campaign is a part of their national identity as well as their history. As I travelled Australia, the pattern of a great monument to Gallipoli, and smaller ones for other wars repeated itself over and over.
There is a memorial service every day at, I believe eleven o'clock. Going here was, for me, a somber, reflective experience. There is a small, one-room museum at the base that displays various pictures and war memorabilia from conflicts from the Boer War to the Persian Gulf War. By now it probably has stuff from the Iraq War.
This follows on logically from the last Must See of Hyde Park because you will find this place almost at the southern end of Hyde Park with Liverpool Street right behind it.
This marvellous memorial particularly for the memories of our ANZAC heroes fallen in battle also contains displays & information about all conflicts Australian forces have been involved in since the Boer War in the late 1890's up till the first Gulf War.
There are two ways you can access this Memorial. I'd strongly suggest climbing the stairs & entering from the higher top level as there is a striking scuplture that is most dramatic in appearance by looking down on it initially. Also at that level there is a panel in each section of the interior of the wall dedicated (& named for) the different campaigns in the different wars.
The building itself is, I believe & feel, a wonderful piece of architecture. It was designed in what is described as an Art Deco style by Bruce Dellit who was only 29 years of age at the time & apparently caused an uproar amongst his contemporaries by the design he won the competition with & I guess the fact that he was only 2 years into his career. It is beautiful stone & I believe he has really captured the essence of what I feel is important about this Memorial & it is not the glorification of war itself, but the selfless sacrifice of the many young men & women who lost their lives in these different conflicts in the hope that our lives might be better. I must admit I was close to tears on a couple of occasions. I had a Great , Great Uncle in the Light Horse & also my father had been in New Guinea in WWII then in Japan with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces so I could see elements of both of them in certain parts of the displays.
Well worth a visit for some thoughtful contemplation.
The Anzac War Memorial was designed by C Bruce Dellit (1900-1942) and was built in 1934 in memory the Australians who lost their lifes in World War I. It is situated towards the southern end of Hyde Park.
In front of the memorial lies the "Lake of Reflections" surrounded by rows of poplars.
"The Sacrifice" - the figure of a young warrior; his body lies upon a shield which is supported by three women - his mother, wife and sister. On of them is carrying a child, the symbol for the future generations for whom the sacrifice has been made.
Located in Hyde Park South, the Memorial was made possible after a fund raising program initiated in 1919.
Bruce Dellit’s (29 years old at the time) design in Bathurst granite is highly symbolic, with sculptures depicting events and personnel involved in World War 1.
A very impressive memorial, located in a beautiful part of the city.
The 30m (98 ft) high Art Deco memorial, reflected in the poplar-lined Pool of Remembrance, commemorates those Australians who were killed at war in the service of their country. opened in 1934, the Anzac Memorial now includes a photographic and military artifact exhibition downstairs.