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ANZAC Bridge gets NZ statue

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/anzac-bridge-gets-new-zealand-statue/2007/06/15/1181414502467.html


The statue of an Aussie digger stands to the western end of the ANZAC Bridge in Sydney.
Photo: Domino Postiglione

June 15, 2007 - 9:57AM

The statue of an Aussie digger on Sydney's ANZAC Bridge will soon have a brother-in-arms.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma and visiting New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said today a bronze statue of a World War I New Zealand soldier will be placed opposite the existing Australian sculpture.

"The ANZAC story belongs to two nations, not just one. It is a precious inheritance shared by both sides of the Tasman," Mr Iemma said in a statement.

"This project is about putting the NZ back into ANZAC so it is fitting that a statue of a New Zealand soldier will be placed on the ANZAC Bridge."

Ms Clark said the two soldiers standing side-by-side will be an enduring testimony to the shared sacrifice of NZ and Australian soldiers.

The Kiwi statue will be crafted by sculptor, Alan Somerville, who made the original Digger statue in 2000.

Mr Somerville was born in New Zealand and holds dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship.

The New Zealand soldier will be similar in size, materials and appearance to the Australian Digger soldier.

The main visible difference will be the distinctive lemon squeezer hat worn by the NZ military.

The idea was proposed by the NSW Branch of the RSL, and will be funded by the NZ Government.

It is expected to be in place by next ANZAC Day.
 

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Good story.
I love the Aussie digger in it's present spot as you get right up close to him as you drive by.
The way I read the article is that the NZ digger will be on the other side of the road on the same ( western end ) of the bridge? This would be a shame because it wouldn't be very prominent as it's facing away from the traffic flow.
Be better if the NZ digger was at the eastern end facing the west bound ( leaving the city ) traffic wouldn't it ??
 

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This is great. Australia and New Zealand are the closest of allies and I think it is a fitting tribute.
 

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Very fitting given that 'ANZAC' stands for both countries. There is also a prominent NZ memorial at the beginning of ANZAC Parade in Canberra.
 

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Very fitting given that 'ANZAC' stands for both countries. There is also a prominent NZ memorial at the beginning of ANZAC Parade in Canberra.
The basket handles, right?
 

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Good story.
I love the Aussie digger in it's present spot as you get right up close to him as you drive by.
The way I read the article is that the NZ digger will be on the other side of the road on the same ( western end ) of the bridge? This would be a shame because it wouldn't be very prominent as it's facing away from the traffic flow.
Be better if the NZ digger was at the eastern end facing the west bound ( leaving the city ) traffic wouldn't it ??
i checked this out yesterday and yes, it will be harder to see the nz statue where they plan to put it. they'll need to knock out some small trees, a few casuarinas. if they don't it will be quite hidden. it would be seen better if it was on the city side like you said, but you'll lose the effect of having a statue guarding each side of the bridge as you enter the city.
 

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What a nice idea. There should be more stuff like this. More statues, EVERYWHERE!
 
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