Unknown To Man, But Revered By A Nation

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This amazing cupola stands over the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberrra.

The three arcs directly at the bottom of the image and to each side stand over huge stained-glass windows commemorating all those involved in the war effort.

While the concept of just such a tomb had been discussed after World War I, it was not until 1993 that an unknown Australian soldier was disinterred from a French war cemetery and brought home to this country. His remains were reverently placed in a coffin of Tasmanian blackwood and after lying in state in Old Parliament State, he was re-buried at the War Memorial’s Hall of Memory on 11 November 1993, exactly 75 years to the day after the Great War ended.

When soil from the original Pozieres battlefield was scattered over his tomb, the unknown soldier was welcomed back not with a long-winded speech, but four heartfelt words: ``Now you’re home, mate’’.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F3.5, 1/10 sec, ISO 800, focal length 18mm.

Featured in RAINBOW – ORANGE, February 2011.

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