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Hyde Park war memorial set to reopen after $40m upgrade

After more than two years of renovations, Sydney’s ANZAC war memorial at Hyde Park is finally complete.

First opened in 1930, the memorial was supposed to include a spectacular cascading waterfall on the Liverpool Street side.

But, the depression came and architect Bruce Dellitt’s original concept was left unfinished.

Original watercolour of Bruce Dellitt concept

On Saturday, the sacred site will reopen after a $40-mllion facelift, completing Dellitt’s vision.

It includes a new underground Hall of Service, a library and education facilities.

Click PLAY below to see a timelapse of the two-year construction process 

Veteran Affairs Minister tells Alan Jones, “it’s going to be the mother war memorial for Australia”.

“These memorials are very much still the grave site, the burial ground of a sailor, or a soldier or an airman.”

The memorial will hold a private opening tomorrow, with speculation Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be in attendance.

The public opening will take place on November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

 

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