ANZAC Day 2018

War Memorials

Wallaroo, the memorial arch with the Town Hall behind it. The date for the end of the war is 1919, the Armistice was signed in November 1918 and usually that date is taken for the end of the 'Great War' as it was at the time. The formal end of the war wasn't until June 1919 so that's the date on this particular memorial.

A few years back when travelling around Australia I noticed the amount of war memorials in small towns and the suburbs of cities. They all interested me and I started to photograph the ones I came across. Here's the collection from this past year.

Moonta, South Australia

Kadina Memorial Arch, with the soldier standing at ease. The plaques also contain the names of Vietnam War fallen soldiers.

That's something I've noticed (along with how well restored and maintained the memorials are) in recent times, the names of military personnel killed in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been added.

Clarendon, this quite modest memorial is fairly new, it's not one that dates back to the 1920s (which is when most were placed) 

Australian War Memorial, London

I came across this memorial by accident. It tends to be how I find many things! It's in Hyde Park Corner south, basically a traffic island, I was on my way to the Tube station and saw Wellington Arch which is in this part of the park. (Also have a fascination for memorial arches!) and then saw this memorial. It is quite new, built in 2003 and unveiled on Remembrance Day 11th November 2003. It lists all the places Australians fought in World War I and II.

Not a memorial but the statue of Weary Dunlop in the Domain parklands, Melbourne. Ernest 'Weary' Dunlop was an Australian doctor who was imprisoned by the Japanese in World War II, with minimal medical equipment he worked to keep as many allied prisoners alive as he could. His nickname Weary, apparently given to him as his last name 'Dunlop' is a brand of tyre/tired >> weary. It's the Australian humour!

After the war he worked on healing and forgiveness advocating for former prisoners of war and establishing better ties with Asia. Quite the Australian hero, for his work during and after the war.