The ANZAC War Memorial
, completed in 1934, is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney
. It was designed by C. Bruce Dellit
, with the exterior adorned with monumental figural reliefs and sculptures by Rayner Hoff
The memorial is located at the southern extremity of Hyde Park
on the eastern edge of Sydney's central business district
, and it is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day
, Armistice Day
and other important occasions.
It was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force
of World War I
. Fund raising for a memorial began on 25 April 1916, the first anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
(ANZAC) landing at Anzac Cove
for the Battle of Gallipoli
. It was opened on 24 November 1934 by His Royal Highness Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
for the design of the memorial was commissioned in July 1929 and a month later the prize-winning entries were announced by the Governor of New South Wales
, Sir Philip Game
. Third prize was awarded to Peter Kaad, second prize to John D. Moore and the winner was Bruce Dellit.
The building is constructed of concrete, with an exterior cladding of pink granite
, and consists of a massed square superstructure
with typically Art Deco setbacks and buttresses, punctuated on each side by a large arched window of yellow stained glass, and crowned with a......