Purpose of Report

General Bridges Grave is included on the Commonwealth Heritage List and managed by the National Capital Authority (NCA). The NCA manages the Australian Government's continuing interest in the planning and development of Canberra as the Australian National Capital.

To guide the management of General Bridges Grave, the NCA has prepared a management plan to identify, protect and manage its heritage values. The management plan was prepared in accordance with the heritage management principles and requirements for management plans under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

This management plan has been considered by the Department of the Environment.

Key Findings

This management plan confirms General Bridges Grave as a place with Commonwealth Heritage Values. Its significance relates to grave being the final resting place (and a memorial to) Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges, the first Commandant of Australia's first military college. As Major General, Bridges was commander of the Australian Imperial Force which landed at Gallipoli in April 1915. On 15 May 1915, Bridges was wounded and died on route to Egypt on 18 May 1915.

The Memorial Grave is also significant as the only permanent structure designed by architect Walter Burley Griffin in Canberra, and as only one of two tombs in Australia of World War I soldiers who were exhumed overseas and repatriated to Australia.


The management plan includes a range of conservation policies and recommendations to conserve, manage and interpret General Bridges Grave. The key recommendations include:

  • Adoption of the Heritage Management Plan and conserving the significant values and attributes of the place;
  • Liaising with Defence to provide a cohesive management of the site;
  • Ensuring that conservation and maintenance works outlined in the Schedule of Works are implemented; and
  • Providing interpretation for the place

For further information, please contact the NCA Cultural Heritage Manager on heritage@nca.gov.au or 02 6271 2888