Australian War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Sunday
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  • Hyde Park Corner • 2 min walk
  • Knightsbridge • 9 min walk
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
It is interesting to see the development of war memorials from traditional statues and cenotaphs to modern ones which are thoughtful and connected into the landscape. The island at Hyde Park Corner has two of these, appropriately to the near-neighbours Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Memorial is a curved wall of grey-green Australian granite slabs at one edge of the Hyde Park piazza in which are inscribed the names of the towns in which the 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who died were born. It fits so naturally into the landscape that it easy to miss it, but please don't.

Written August 5, 2020
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,873 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This memorial pays homage to the strength of the bond between the United Kingdom and Australia. This memorial is cleverly designed and draws the viewer in to discover more. The battles remind us of the sacrifices and the shared suffering and experiences over the last century or so. Worth reflecting on.
Written September 6, 2023
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,651 contributions
Jun 2019
One day, during our most recent stay in London, we had walked through Green Park and up towards Hyde Park Corner. After visiting the Bomber Command Memorial at the top of Green Park, we made our way over to Hyde Park Corner, where we took a few minutes to have a look at the Australian War Memorial and to pay our respects.
The expansive memorial consists of a series of panels on which are inscribed the names and towns of origins of Australians who died in action during both World War One and World War Two.
Being Australians, we viewed this wonderful memorial with mixed feelings of pride and great sadness.
Written December 13, 2019
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
There is a little “island” of grass, memorials and statues in a corner of Hyde Park. We’ve walked around, and past it for years, on our visits to Mayfair/London. In October, we decided to explore this little area, enclosed by Park Lane, Piccadilly and Grosvenor Place, and discovered the Australian War Memorial.

I had thought that this little area was actually part of Green Park, but was corrected, that it is officially part of Hyde Park, though separated from the main area of Hyde Park, and visually attached to Green Park. We had seen the prominent feature of this area, the Wellington Arch, for years, passing in all directions, but it was not until a lovely Autumn day, that my wife and I actually took the time to explore. We came from Park Lane, via the underground walkways, and popped up into this portion of the Park. While we had done that many times before, we were usually headed elsewhere, Knightsbridge, east on Piccadilly, or maybe toward Belgrave Square Garden, and had just never explored, but that changed.

We examined the entire area, and discovered the Australian War Memorial, just to the south and west of Wellington Arch.

At first, we were not sure what we were looking at. It soon became clear that rather than slabs of stone, waiting for some construction company to assemble, it was actually a finished memorial – the Australian War Memorial. We then put aside our preconception of the array of stone “tablets” in front of us, and began to read, and study this site.

While some of the artistic elements might have been lost on the “engineering side” of my brain, the inscriptions were certainly not. The slabs commemorate over 100,000 Australians, who died defending freedom in WWI and WWII. With a little more reading, it became clear that the home towns, of many, were also featured. After getting past the stark, and slightly surrealistic design, the memorial began to tug at our minds. The efforts, and lives of so many, were memorialized, and given tribute.

I am not sure that the design is the ultimate. It is certainly not the “normal” war memorial, but the detailed execution made up for that in my mind.

I am so glad that we finally explored this odd space, surrounded by fast-moving traffic, and took the time to wander the semi-circle of granite slabs, and to finally read them, to understand their significance. Unique, and arresting, this is one spot to not be missed, and I am fortunate to have had, and taken the time to do so. We had just encountered a somewhat similar (though certainly not in design) memorial in Melbourne, so this became part of that experience. Do stop, look and read, as the Australian War Memorial is worth the time spent.
Written February 12, 2018
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Kelli T
Louisville, KY144 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
We found this entirely by accident. It's very chilling. I'd never really thought about the Australian war help before (Yes I know) but it really helped put me into my place and inspired an amazon purchase and subsequent reading.
Written July 10, 2014
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Jun 2023 • Solo
PROS
* Very uniquely and well-designed
* Unusual construction of plaques strewn together with historical data and information
* Elongated
* Thought provoking in a very positive way
* Close proximity to many other war memorials

CONS
It's on the side of the plaza, flat against the edge and is expansive

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... on my second visit to this Wellington Arch plaza, while exploring the area on my Santander bicycle. I was so glad that I found this memorial. It is so unique and special and impressive and thought- provoking, yet deserving of deep respect for what it represents. there were many others honoring this memorial and placing red wreaths (see my many "helpful" photos).

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It's free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
When I come back here next time, I will want to visit this again

ADVICE
Look fo this on the side- it's low and less obvious than all the others, but so worth it to go and honor and respect the memorial.

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Written January 28, 2024
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia2,012 contributions
Oct 2019
The Australian memorial to the fallen of two world wars with all the location names and their battles. The three forces are depicted here. A recent addition to this part of London it, worryingly, has plenty of empty stones at one end. Let us hope they are not needed. Bougainville, where my father fought, is there along with Megiddo (alias Armageddon) in Israel which acknowledges the cavalry charge (successful) of the Australian Light Horsemen at Beer Sheva nearby.
Written November 25, 2019
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,607 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
This memorial commemorates the armed forces
Of Australia who served in the two world wars. It lists the names of the towns in which they were born. Some 23844 towns named
Written November 2, 2019
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OZtraveller222
Perth, Australia516 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
The Australian government has erected a very unique war memorial at Hyde Park corner, at the western end of Constitution Hill. It is easily missed if visitors don't know it is there. Take the tube to Hyde Park Corner and cross over to Wellington Arch and the western corner of Green Park. We saw it on our way back from Buckingham Palace after walking down Constitution Hill. The Memorial commemorates Australia/Britain's combined participation in the 1st and 2nd World Wars. It consists of a wall of grey, granite stone pieces.
Written January 15, 2015
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,355 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Located in Hyde Park Corner, the Australian war memorial is dedicated to the 102000 Australians who died in WW1 and WW2. The memorial is a semicircular curved wall of grey-green Western Australian granite with the names of 47 battles in which Australia were involved in and the names of the 23,844 towns from which the soldiers were born. Its a respectful piece and well worth a visit for any Australian who would like to pay their respects to those who died in the service of this country.
Written December 17, 2014
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