ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk Back to Search


Location Kintore Street, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Type memorial

South Australian materials were used to construct the 280 metre Anzac Centenary Memorial Walk.

The Memorial Walk connects the South Australian National War Memorial with the key mustering point for the many South Australians who served our nation during conflict.

Designed by Grieve Gillett Dimitty Andersen Architects, constructed by BMD Constructions, and project managed by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the Memorial Walk’s key design elements include:

• Open blade fencing, designed to reveal the grounds of Government House, reinforces the loyalty design pillar.

• 70 metres of Adelaide Black granite panelling has been sourced from Black Hill near Mannum. 30 metres of the panelling features interpretive artwork acknowledging the impact on Australian society of all conflicts from World War I to Afghanistan. Etched on either side of the interpretive artwork are 1,020 markers, each representing 100 lives lost in conflict.

• Embedded in the paving are theatres of war representative of areas of conflict to which Australian servicemen and women have been deployed.

• Surrounding the South Australian National War Memorial, and along the Memorial Walk, are Balmoral Green pavers from near Padthaway (Bordertown). To acknowledge the heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders particular areas of the precinct are paved with Calca red pavers, from near Streaky Bay (Eyre Peninsula).

• The Memorial Walk is defined by a linear garden designed to provide a space for reflection and contemplation removed from the City surrounds. Evergreen native water gums are the principal foliage in the garden beds. A cluster of Golden Wattles frame the Pathway of Honour at the northern end of the Memorial Walk. The Wattle was selected because of its significance as Australia’s national emblem and its importance to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

• Five interpretive panels provide descriptions of the symbology associated with the design of the Memorial Walk.

• In the evening, strategically placed lighting will highlight key elements to provide visitors with a further experience.

Built Sir Eric Neal thanked all associated with the project including architects Grieve Gillett Dimmity Andersen, Construction contractors BMD Construction, GHD, Tract Landscape Architects, and project managers from the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure. In particular Sir Eric thanked Ms Esther Chew and Ms Liz Little for their design work, Mr Adam Cusenza and his team from BMD who had the challenging task of delivering a completed project in a little over 5 months, and Ms Kylie O’Leary who project managed the work. Sir Eric also paid particular thanks to the Minister, Premier, and His Excellency for their support for what is South Australia’s Centenary of Anzac project.
Opened 23 April 2016 by His Excellency the Hon Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia




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