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Anzac War Memorial

 

The historic Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) War Memorial sits on the southern

end of Hyde Park, which is on the eastern border of the central business district of Sydney.

The memorial is the focal point of commemoration activities during such occasions as Armistice Day

and Anzac Day.

The memorable building was constructed as a memorial to the First World War’s Australian Imperial Force. Fundraising activities for the ANZAC War Memorial started on April 15, 1916 – also ANZAC’s first anniversary since landing at Anzac Cove during the Battle of Gallipoli.

The ANZAC War Memorial was completed in 1934. It is Sydney’s primary commemorative military monument. It was designed by C. Bruce Dellit who bested John D. Moore and Peter Kaad in the July 1929 design competition for the memorial.

The memorial building is made of concrete while pink granite makes up the structure’s exterior cladding. The square shape of the memorial is typical of Art Deco buildings. It has a large arched yellow stained glass window punctuating each side, and its stepped roof resembles a ziggurat.

Rayner Hoff made its exterior adornments of large reliefs and finely crafted sculptures.

The memorial is considered to be one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in Australia.

 
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