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Thursday, 25 April 2013

War memorial for ANZAC Day (Canberra)

The Australian War Memorial is Australia's national memorial to the members of all its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in the wars of the Commonwealth of Australia
Last weekend, we were able to spend a couple of days in the Australian Capital Territory; the main aim was to revisit the iconic War Memorial (leading to ANZAC Day), the English-inspired Cockington Green and the mind-boggling displays of the Questacon Science Exhibition.
What I'm sharing today is mainly for ANZAC Day, some photos of the War Memorial and a few shots from around the city of Canberra.
As the nation commemorates the life of our diggers, let's spare a thought and prayers for those who are serving and defending our peace and freedom.

This is the Wall of Remembrance at the War Memorial; it has the names of all Australian service men and women killed in war.

Simpson and his donkey - his name was John Simpson Kirkpatrick. He enlisted iin the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance as Private Simpson on 25th of August 1914. He was known for his bravery and compassion and used a donkey to carry water up Shrappel Gully and to bring wounded men down to the beach on ANZAC Cove from the firing line on the ridges above. He was fatally wounded after 4 weeks in action, on May 1915. (The bronze sculpture is by Peter Corlett 1988).

The Parliament House

This is the Hall of Memory and the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier in the centre.

And the mosaic dome...it's a depiction of the soul rising to its eternal destination

Autumn is in full swing... and the temperature is already dropping to zero degrees
Lake Burley Griffin.

This seagull wasn't going anywhere....

We stopped by the lake for some brekkie....
The Rose garden was a little worse for wear but this white bloom seemingly enjoyed the early frost and the dry weather typical of Canberra at this time of year.

Some of Lake Burley Griffin's residents.

Mary Poppins from the distance.

Cockies don't want a cracker!


  1. Our Australian friends made ANZAC biscuits for us when they were here in September. They were tasty!

  2. Thanks Pom pom. They're not too bad!

  3. Hi Aida,

    From the city of Canberra's gorgeous landmarks,lakes and wildlife, to the history behind this important day, I enjoyed the wonderful tour around a city that is falling into autumn! I have to tell you that the red roses reminded me of the Wall of Remembrance; they appear to be lined up, as well! The mosaic dome and its symbolization is impressive. Thank you for guiding us through these monuments and the interesting commentary!

    Poppy :)