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Shrine of Remembrance • Victoria • Australia by William Bullimore

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The Shrine of Remembrance was built between July 1928 and November 1934 in remembrance of the 114,000 men and women of Victoria who served and those who died in the Great War of 1914-1918, 100 of them served overseas and 19,000 did not return.

The people of Victoria felt that their debt to these volunteers, who had defended them at such great costs to themselves and their families, should be recognised by a worthy permanent monument of remembrance.

Although the country was faced with frightful unemployment and financial difficulty in the late 1920s and the 1930s, so great was the gratitude of the people that the huge amount required to build the Shrine was raised or promised within six months from the opening of the appeal in 1928.

The design for the Shrine of Remembrance was selected by competition among Australian artists and architects. Eighty-three designs were submitted and the winning design was by two Melbourne returned-soldier architects, Philip Hudson and James Wardrop.

The inspiration for the external outline came from one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the mausoleum at Harlicarnassus to Mausolus, King of Caria in South West Asia Minor.

Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and son of King George V, officially opened the Shrine before a crowd of 300,000 people in November 1934.

Since then, it has been a growing monument, with other memorials added to the site to mark the service of successive generations, such as the Second World War Forecourt and the Remembrance Garden Post 1945 Memorial.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure: 3 exposures (-2,0,+2 EV)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 24 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Accessories: Manfrotto 190XB Tripod, Manfrotto 322RC2 Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head, Canon RC1 Wireless Remote
Date and Time: 25 July 2010 6.01pm

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Exported tonemapped image to CS5
Curves layer for contrast adjustment
Hue/Saturation layer
Noise reduction layer
Unsharp mask filter
Crop tool
Re-imported back into Lightroom
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG


  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Richard.

    – William Bullimore

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    another stunner mate! …love the symmetry :)

  • Thanks mate.

    – William Bullimore

  • Arek Rainczuk
    Arek Rainczukover 4 years ago


  • Thank you Arek.

    – William Bullimore

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    Incredible detail, William. It’s like being transported back to ancient times (and no jokes about my age, please). The lighting on the main facade is almost spiritual!

  • Thanks buddy. I wouldn’t dream about mentioning your age and how you used to eat dinosaur drumsticks for dinner :)

    – William Bullimore

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    wow what a great treatment of this icon well done :)) k

  • Thanks Kristina.

    – William Bullimore

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Lorilee.

    – William Bullimore

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Clive S
    Clive Sover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606over 4 years ago

    Impressive work! Love the lightening

  • Thanks Maria.

    – William Bullimore

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    excellent image

  • Thank you Kathy.

    – William Bullimore

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