Buy a star online from Sydney’s Anzac Memorial to support the Centenary Project, a major redevelopment of the Hyde Park monument.
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott encouraged the community to consider being part of a unique campaign to honour our veterans ahead of Remembrance Day on 11 November.
“In 1934, the RSL ran a fundraising campaign selling 120,000 stars in the Memorial’s Hall of Memory to raise money to finish building the Memorial,” Mr Elliott said.
“As we mark the Centenary of Anzac the community can purchase virtual stars and make personal tributes in honour of a veteran to the online Constellation of Honour and Memory on the Memorial’s website."
Funds raised from the campaign will go towards new interpretive and education programs, heritage conservation and the management of the Memorial’s collection of artefacts representing Australia’s military history.
The Anzac Memorial Centenary Project will complete the original 1930s vision for the memorial, and will include a second water feature and education and interpretation facilities to allow the public to continue to learn about the Anzac legacy.
Among the extensive collection of works, the Royal United Services Institute’s Ursula Davidson Library will also relocate to the memorial. It contains 30,000 military books, journals and maps of national significance.
Visitors will also soon be able to view a map of Gallipoli, carried by Captain Herbert Welch 1st Field Ambulance AIF at the Anzac landing on 25 April 1915.
This extremely rare object will be just one of many significant items to be displayed at the Memorial on completion of the Centenary Project in 2018.