Lady Hicks was just 12 years old when she attended the opening of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Remembrance Day 1941.
“There was a big turnout and I still have a newspaper cutting of it somewhere,” she said.
“We lived just the first street along, and at that stage, this was all paddocks, so we saw the War Memorial being built, brick by brick.”
Her father, Norman Swindon, had served on the Western Front during the First World War and was one of the first public servants to move to the fledgling capital.
“He would parade with the AIF every Anzac Day and every Armistice Day, as it was then called, and when [the Memorial] opened on the 11th of the 11th, I was here with my parents, and my father, of course, was marching,” Lady Hicks said.
“It was vastly different and it wasn’t nearly as big an event then as it is now. Anzac Parade wasn’t finished. It was all bush and trees down there; and, of course, there were no lawns here or anything like that.”