Australian War Memorial, London

Australian War Memorial, London

Australian War Memorial
United Kingdom
For Australia's military personnel who died during the First and Second World Wars
Unveiled 11 November 2003 (2003-11-11)
Location Hyde Park Corner, London

The Australian War Memorial in London is a memorial dedicated in 2003 to the 102,000 Australian dead of the First and Second World Wars. It is located on the southernmost corner of Hyde Park Corner, near the Wellington Arch.

The memorial is a semicircular curved wall of grey-green Western Australian granite (Verde Laguna granite from Jerramungup), with the names of 47 battles in which Australia was involved and the names of 23,844 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.[1]

The memorial was unveiled on 11 November (Armistice Day) 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II in her role as Queen of Australia. In attendance was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair and the Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Around 3,000 people were present at the ceremony, including 25 Australian veterans and it ended with a flypast of Jaguars from No. 54 Squadron RAF.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects website.". Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

External links

  • Australian War Memorial website
  • Alleyne, Richard (12 November 2003). "The Queen unveils tribute to Australia's fallen".