Anzac Parade Memorial Obelisk
The Anzac Memorial
The Anzac Memorial
We believe the Obelisk may be Australia’s first and most significant war memorial for those who served and died in WW1. A year before the cessation of WW1, returned soldiers began to gather at the Obelisk to remember the fallen and an annual tradition quickly took root. Throughout the 1920’s the children and families of the dead would gather to decorate and lay wreaths upon the Obelisk each Anzac Day. It is where the Anzac Day tradition began and grew.
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ANZAC Parade received its name in memory of the members of the First Australian Imperial Force (later to become known as ANZACs) who marched down the street from their barracks (now a heritage listed part of University of NSW ) to Sydney Harbour, where the first of the volunteers were transported to German West New Guinea and later battalions to Europe. The obelisk marks the start of the roadway.
The Anzac Memorial was originally formed by making a number of significant changes to roads and the conjoining park lands.
During the war, Randwick Road was widened and renamed Anzac Parade. The Anzac Obelisk was erected at the northern end.
When the road was redesigned to commemorate returning and fallen diggers, the first growth trees were preserved and new one planted to enrich the area and transform it into a memorial.
Each of the significant components has special meaning to Australian history.