Wartime Sydney 1788-1945
Discover the military significance of Sydney’s CBD, from early colonial wars to the city’s pivotal defences for a nation on the fringes of worldwide conflict.
Begin at the Cenotaph on Martin Place, prominently sited where many men enlisted to serve. Hear the stories of Australian veterans of the Great War such as AB Varcoe DSM and Pte Dwyer, immortalised in the monument’s iconic statues. Continue to Sydney Hospital to discover Florence Nightingale’s link to the harbour city.
Then, visit St James’ Church to appreciate how those who fell in service have been commemorated in Sydney, from early monuments in the 1830s to the significant memorials of World War One.
Enjoy lunch with a wartime twist, then go behind the scenes at the recently-restored Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park. Brad Manera, Senior Curator and Historian at the Memorial, recounts the construction of one of the nation’s most prominent sites of commemoration and explores the stories of those who have answered the call to serve.