French-Australian War Memorial [fr]

The memorial, erected by the French government as a token of gratitude to the Australian soldiers who fought and died on the battlefields of France in 1914-1918, bears witness to the role that Australia played in the liberation of France.

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Unveiled on July 28, 1961 at a ceremony attended by a number of high-ranking dignitaries, including General de Gaulle’s special envoy, General Pechkoff, the Prime Minister of Australia, Robert Menzies, as well as both French and Australian military representatives, the memorial plays host to commemorative ceremonies held every ANZAC and Remembrance Day.

The monument itself is comprised of two sections, the square pillar, designed by French architect Desmaret, and the sculpture which surmounts it. On the front of the pillar the words "Aux Australiens qui sont tombés sur la terre de France en souvenir de leur sacrifice pour la liberté des peuples 1914-1918" (To those Australians who fell on French soil, in memory of their sacrifice for the freedom of all peoples) are inscribed, and on the sides, the names of the most prominent battles in which Australian troops were involved in during the Great War - Armentières, Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles, Hazelbrouck, Dernancourt, Pozières, Mont St Quentin, Bullecourt, Somme, Amiens, Hargicourt, and Bellicourt. The sculpture, "Winged Victory", in gilded bronze, is a work of French sculptor Bizette-Lindet.

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Dernière modification : 06/09/2016

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