[First filed: February 24, 2009 @ 08:55]
This is the sixth part of a series of photographs taken by RiotACT reader Old Canberran on his Kodak Box Brownie in 1948.
This one came in with the following note:
- Attached is a pic of Bellona the Roman Goddess of war. She’s been in a few spots over the years [Pictured here near the Albert Hall]. I think she spent some time in the National Gallery and now resides at the War Memorial. I may be wrong about that.
What I do remember is the fun the Uni students used to have on graduation day when they would dress her up in a bra and lipstick and all sorts of weird gear.
I never did find out why she even appears in Canberra. One of natures mysteries, I’m afraid.
UPDATE: I’ve just popped down to the War Memorial and quickly found her stuck in with a plaque for Lone Pine and a replica plaque from Anzac Cove.
Apparently she was a gift of the British Government in 1920. The plaque says her name is just “War”. As any fule kno Bellona was the original Roman goddess of war.
A couple more modern pictures below.