The Vestibule and the Hall of Silence

The vestibule, on the western side of the Anzac Memorial at ground level, serves as the main entrance to the lower level. It has traditionally been the entrance to the 'working' portion of the Anzac Memorial. Turning right or left from the vestibule traditionally directed the visitor into the offices used by the various veterans and support groups. Today turning right from the vestibule will lead the visitor into an exhibition space intended to offer an insight into the impact of war on the people of New South Wales.

The vestibule is lined with ulum white marble. In the centre of the ceiling is a large brass star shaped light designed by the building’s architect Bruce Dellit.

The vestibule leads into the Hall of Silence, at the centre of which stands Rayner Hoff’s statue ‘Sacrifice’. To view Sacrifice from the vestibule the visitor must stand before the words ‘LET SILENT CONTEMPLATION BE YOUR OFFERING’ inlaid in brass into black granite. These words articulate the essence of Dellit’s design for the Anzac Memorial as a place for the people of New South Wales to mourn and reflect.    

On this day
21 July

1942 — Japanese forces landed at GONA, New Guinea, with the intention of capturing Port Moresby by an overland route. This was the beginning of the campaign on the KOKODA TRACK

1942 — Coastwatcher SBLT C. L. PAGE, RANVR, was escorted by the Japanese to Nemboe Island, in the Solomon Islands, where he was executed

1969 — A USN Unit Commendation was awarded to HMAS PERTH for “exceptionally meritorious service” in Vietnam