ANZAC MEMORIAL - ANZAC Bridge and Digger Statue
The ANZAC Bridge, formally known as the Glebe Island Bridge, was completed in 1996.
With a span of 345 metres, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in Australia.
In a ceremony on Remembrance Day 1998, it officially became known as the ANZAC Bridge and is a fitting memorial to members from both sides of the Tasman who formed the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - the ANZACs.
In recognition of the historic partnership, the Australian flag flies from the east pylon (city end) and New Zealand flag from the west pylon.
A New Zealand born artist, Alan Somerville, sculptured the 4 metre high bronze World War One Digger (Australian soldier) featured at the west end of the bridge, dedicated on ANZAC Day 2000.
Plaque at the base of the statue of the Digger reads:
ANZAC Memorial Was officially unveiled by the Honourable Bob Carr MP Premier of New South Wales
Mr G. E. (Rusty) Priest AM State President RSL of Australia (NSW Branch)
on ANZAC DAY 25 April 2000
in the presence of Mr C E Mance A WWI Veteran
Ms Priscilla Williams Consul-General of New Zealand
The plaque includes the coat-of-arms for Australia, New Zealand, and the state of New South Wales, accompanied, at far right, by the RSL badge.