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Wallace Anderson, Sculptor (1888-1975)

Wallace Anderson created sculpture for the Australian War Memorial and the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

According to the Australian War Memorial web site, 'Wallace Anderson was born in Victoria. He studied sculpture and life drawing in 1904-05 at the Gordon Institute of Technology in Geelong, and worked as an art teacher in Melbourne before enlisting in the first AIF in 1915.

'He served in France and after arriving in England in 1918, took up studies at Chelsea Polytechnic. In the same year, he was appointed to the modelling subsection of the Australian Military History Unit in London.

'Anderson toured the battlefields of France, Egypt and Palestine in order to gather visual information to ensure the accuracy of the Memorial's first dioramas, and on returning to Australia in 1920, administered their construction.

'He worked on many of the First World War dioramas including Lone Pine, Somme winter, Ypres, Romani, Semakh and the nine dioramas in the series Evacuation of the wounded 1914-1918.

'On his own initiative, he produced a series of commemorative sculptures for the Memorial, which symbolise the ANZAC spirit. The men depicted in Anderson's sculptures, Evacuation, Defence of ANZAC and Water carrier - embody the ideal of healthy, young Australians sent to fight at Gallipoli, perpetuated in the ANZAC legend.'

References:
http://www.awm.gov.au/aboutus/artist_profiles/anderson.htm

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