Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier
Plans for a tomb for an Australian unknown soldier were first put forward in the 1920s but it was not until 1993 that someone was at last brought home. With great reverence, the remains of an unknown Australian were removed from a cemetery in France in 1993 and transported to Australia. After lying in state in King’s Hall in Old Parliament House, he was interred in the Hall of Memory at the Memorial on 11 November 1993.
The Unknown Australian Soldier was buried in a Tasmanian blackwood coffin, with a bayonet and a sprig of wattle, and soil from the Pozières battlefield was scattered on his tomb. He represents all Australians who have been killed in war.
- Read or listen to the eulogy delivered at the funeral service of the Unknown Australian Soldier, 11 November 1993
Watch a video that describes how the Memorial will mark the 20th anniversary of the reinterment of the Unknown Australian Soldier