The Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is situated on the same island as the Wellington Arch, Royal Artillery Memorial   and the New Zealand War Memorial.

Wellington Arch and the Memorials in the area

It was dedicated in 2003 to the 102.000 Australian dead of the First and Second World Wars.

The Memorial from Wellington Arch

It is difficult to take in the memorial from ground level, or to really appreciate how many names are on the memorial.

The memorial is best described as a semicircular curved wall of grey-green Western Australian granite, with the names of 47 battles in which Australia was involved and the names of 23844 towns in which the soldiers were born, carved into it, and with water running down over the names.

The memorial was designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and the artist Janet Laurence. It was unveiled on Armistice Day 2003 (11 November) by Queen Elizabeth II in her role as Queen of Australia.


Armed Forces of Australia

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