The Menin Gate Lions

Where: City of Canada Bay Museum, 1 Bent Street, Concord, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: heritage

The Return of the Menin Gate Lions.

The Lions had been at the Menin Gate, guarding the entrance to Ypres, during the period of the First World War, when literally thousands of soldiers marched through the gate on their way to the battlefields.

At the end of the war the lions, broken and scarred, were recovered from the rubble and, in 1936, the Burgomaster of Ypres presented them to the Australian Government as a token of friendship and an acknowledgement of Australia’s sacrifice in the region during the war.

An initiative between the Belgian, Flemish and Australian governments saw the lions temporarily returned to the Menin Gate between April and November 2017 to mark the centenary of one of the most costly campaigns of the First World War, the Third Battle of Ypres, often known simply as “Passchendaele”.