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The Cenotaph

The cenotaph is a prominent structure in the Second World War Forecourt. Carved on each side of the cenotaph are the locations Australians fought in the Second World War.

On top of the cenotaph is a modern sculpture by George Allen depicting 6 men in uniforms of the 3 Australian services: Navy, Army and Airforce. They are carrying the dead body of a comrade draped with an Australian flag. Continuing with the Shrine’s use of Victorian materials, the main cenotaph is made from granite sourced in Harcourt in Central Victoria. The sculpture is made from Footscray basalt.

Sculpting the cenotaph, 1954

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