The imposing temple-slash-mausoleum in Burdwood Drive honors the lives lost and the grieving families of the Victorians during the First World War.
The Shrine of Remembrance in Victoria, Australia was designed in 1923 and finally completed in November 1934 with Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and Son of King George V, spearheading the official opening before 300,000 people. Among 83 designs submitted in a worldwide competition, that of the two Melbourne architects and former servicemen, Philip Hudson and James Wardrop, stood out. The external feature was inspired by the Neo-Greco style of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the world. The structure sits elevated in the middle of a park which strongly depicts Grecian elements in the time of war including major sculptural works. Since then, the later generations have continuously integrated memorials including that of the Second World War Forecourt and the Post 1945 Memorial.
This 20th-century architecture is a significant representation that holds great value in the heritage and history of Australia.