Public Art : Sydney Cenotaph
Sculptor : © Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal
Description : The Sydney Cenotaph is made from 20
tonnes of granite and guarded by two bronze statues of a soldier and a sailor. The statues were modelled on real
soldiers. The first was Private William Piggot Darby from the 15th Infantry Battalion and 4th Field Ambulance AIF
and the second was Leading Seaman John William Varco. Varco served on HMAS Pioneer (1914 - 1916) in German East
Africa and on HMAS Parramatta (1917 - 1919).
Date Unveiled : The Sydney Cenotaph was
unveiled on 21st of February, 1929. There had been a delay in the unveiling due to the fact
that the statues had to be cast in London.
Location : Outside the Sydney GPO in Martin Place,
Points of Interest : The location of the Cenotaph
(outside the GPO) was chosen because it was where many of the locals went to enlist for World War I. The Sydney GPO
was also the information hub during the war.
A cenotaph is a tomb or momument erected in honor of a person or a group of people who have died
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