Rayner HOFF 1894-1937

The sculpture which forms such an important element in the design of the Anzac Memorial is the work of Rayner Hoff.

Born in 1894, Hoff studied drawing and basic design at the Nottingham School of Arts and learned the basic skills of sculpture in his father’s masonry yard. He served in the army in the Great War including a year in the trenches in France.

After the war he continued his studies in London and Italy and in 1923 came to Australia to take up a position as instructor in drawing and sculpture at Sydney Technical College.

In 1930 Bruce Dellit asked Hoff to create the sculptures for the Memorial. “It did not take long for me to realise that in Hoff, Australia had acquired an artist of outstanding qualities”, Dellit wrote after Hoff’s tragically early death in 1937. As an artist, Hoff had qualities of greatness; his ability to portray the dramatic”.

His concept forcefully included the commemoration of women at war, both in their personal loss and in their contribution to the war effort.