National War Memorial, Adelaide, Adelaide

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The National War Memorial is a monument on the north edge of the city centre of Adelaide, South Australia, commemorating those who served in the First World War. Opened in 1931, the memorial is located on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, adjacent to the grounds of Government House. Memorial services are held at the site throughout the year, with major services on both Anzac Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November).
First proposed in 1919, the memorial was funded by the Parliament of South Australia, making it the first Australian state war memorial to be confirmed after the war. The design of the memorial was selected through two architectural competitions. The first competition, in 1924, produced 26 designs—all of which were lost before judging could be completed after fire destroyed the building in which they were housed. A second competition, in 1926, produced 18 entries, out of which the design by the architectural firm Woods, Bagot, Jory & Laybourne-Smith was selected as the winner.
The design—effectively a frame for two scenes depicted through Rayner Hoff's marble reliefs and bronze statues—shows the prelude and the epilogue to war, depicting both the willingness of youth to answer the call of duty and the extent of the sacrifices which they made. In this, the work is not displaying a material victory, but instead a victory of the spirit. At the insistence of W. F. J. McCann, president of the Returned Soldiers' League, bronze tablets were cast to line the walls of an inner shrine, on which are listed the names of all South Australians who died during the Great War.
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  • As in almost every Australian city, it is a monument to fallen soldiers in different wars.
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  • i love this memorial the outside is very nice and i love the inside we spent ten minutes going through the names and trying to find the names of family members. i do not recommend going at night as i ...  more »
  • It's on of those things you can so easily walk past, but itis worth going in to have a look. The external sculptures are stunning  more »
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  • Great place to visit and pay your respects for those who lost their lives for our freedom. The monument is open during the day and inside the walls have the names of those who fell and their regiment. The gardens are well maintained with additional plaques and engraved crosses from France circa 1940. Toilets are available but there are no child changing facilities inside. A few park benches surround the memorial.
  • Beautiful sculpture keep an eye out for the not so secret space inside.
  • Very nice service to mark the Centenery of the WW1 armistice.
  • Big intricate statues at the front and at the back of the monument. Very well displayed. It is on the corner of the street. You can't miss it. You can go inside. There are 2 entrances. One from each side of the monument. Inside is clean and tidy. There are beautifully designed wooden boards all around interior walls with names of the people that served in the year of wars. At the top of the wooden boards you will find the year they served in. Statues outside are beautiful and great effort was made to make sure the details are there. There are benches nearby so you can sit down and take it all in or just relax. I recommend you visit this place if you are in Adelaide.
  • Beautiful and haunting memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
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