Sydney architect Charles Bruce Dellit designed the Anzac Memorial in the 1930s to function as a sculptural monument and place of silent contemplation.
The economic impact of the Great Depression adversely influenced the completion of the Anzac Memorial and some elements of Dellit's original design were not completed.
The Anzac Memorial Centenary Project finally realised Dellit’s original vision for two water features through the construction of a water cascade to the south.
A walkway through the cascade allows memorial visitors to enter the new Hall of Service and exhibition galleries and education facilities, which provide a contemporary understanding of the history and impact of conflict.
What customers are saying
Between October 2018 and July 2019, 4250 students from 59 schools visited the Anzac Memorial for the 11 new education programs.
Between February and May 2019, 67 groups booked online and over the phone for a free tour. More than 1305 members of the public were guided through the Anzac Memorial's art, architecture, artefacts and history.
The Anzac Memorial continues to welcome and receive positive feedback from public schools and non-government schools.
Teachers like being able to access interactive and engaging workshops linked to the syllabus
"This has been one of the best educational excursions we have undertaken. Apart from it being in such a poignant setting, the program presented was highly engaging, age appropriate and very much aligned with 21st century learning. The children, who are always our most honest critics, were full of praise and enthusiasm when they got off the bus and greeted their parents. I believe there will be follow up visits by families as a result of their feedback."
– Principal, Gresford Public School
Other visitors have found the refurbished Anzac Memorial to be a place of contemplation, remembrance, education and reflection
"Incredible refurbishment. The new cascade looks amazing. This is then outdone by the remarkable exhibition hall and memorial space under the original memorial. Soil samples from across the state and the globe tell an incredible story of sacrifice and honour. Everyone must visit this incredibly moving place."
– Peter Gregory (Google Reviews, April 2019)
"True memorial to the fallen. We didn't know what to expect, but it was very touching. The stories of individuals make the exhibition areas very personal, and instead of coming away thinking of the battles as a whole, we came away thinking of personal stories of those involved. A very meaningful memorial in the heart of Sydney."
– Stephen H London (Trip Advisor, February 2019)
"A real surprise well worth a visit. I have been past many times but never been it. I saw it had a great looking extension so ventured in. I was surprised. I loved it. The original memorial is brilliant and very much of its time. The new section is very sleek and understated like the original section. Great displays have been added and conference rooms. There is still a revised reflection pool on the park side and a new impressive water cascade on the road side. Free to enter which is brilliant. Very helpful staff. An interesting small shop. Well worth a visit."
- Malcolm M T (Trip Advisor, April 2019)
"A stunningly beautiful building containing a very poignant and fitting memorial to Australian forces killed in conflict. The newly added museum in the basement is, again, beautifully designed, containing a wide range of engaging and informative exhibits using a wide range of media. The staff are friendly, helpful and offer very interesting and useful background information."
– Visitor from Sheffield England (Trip Advisor, November 2018)
How the project is tracking
His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex reopened the enhanced Anzac Memorial on 20 October 2018.
The Anzac Memorial now welcomes 123% more visitors each day than before the extension works commenced in 2016.
In 2019, the Anzac Memorial won first prize at the National Trust Heritage Awards, in the ‘Continuing Tradition and Judges Choice’ category.
The Anzac Memorial is in the running to be named World Building of the Year at the prestigious World Architecture Awards from 4 to 9 December 2019.