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CANBERRA (WODEN) PUBLIC CEMETERY

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Country:
Australia
Locality:
Australian Capital Territory
Identified Casualties:
30

Location Information

Australian Capital Territory is the area surrounding Canberra, the seat of the Federal Government of Australia. Canberra lies at an altitude of 2,000 feet in the Great Dividing Range, and is only 75 miles from the coast. It is 190 miles by road and 203 miles by rail from Sydney, and there are frequent air services to the other state capitals.

Canberra is dominated by the Australian National War Memorial which stands on an eminence at the foot of Mount Ainslie. Originally intended to honour the dead of the 1914-1918 War, its scope has been extended to the commemoration also of men and women of the Australian Forces who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 War.

Canberra (Woden) Public Cemetery is located in Justinian Street, Phillip. The cemetery is accessible all year round, with the gates open until dark. Woden Cemetery is within easy walking distance from the Woden Bus Interchange. Car parking off Yamba Drive is available.

Historical Information

The building is designed in the form of a great cross. From the pillared entrance a garden court, flanked by arcaded cloisters, rises in tiers from a reflecting pool towards a domed Hall of Memory. Surrounding the court, and inside the building, are grouped galleries containing the memorial collections-books relating to the wars, official records, personal diaries, photographs and films. In the art gallery are paintings and black and white sketches by eminent Australian artists covering phases of the wars, while in the hall mosaics depict Australian fighting men of the two world wars.

Here rest 10 soldiers and 20 airmen belonging to the forces of Australia - a total of 30 war graves.