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
23 February

1942 — Australian troops fought valiantly after the Japanese invasion of Timor but were overwhelmed and the main force of  Australians surrendered. Those who remained continued to wage a guerrilla war for the next year

1956 — 1 Squadron RAAF bombed communist camps near Kuala Lumpur during the Malayan Emergency

1967 — MAJ P. BADCOE led an attack against Viet Cong forces in Vietnam. It was the first of three acts of bravery for which he was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross. He was also awarded a US Silver Star and a South Vietnam Cross of Gallantry

2000 — International Force for East Timor (INTERFET), commanded by LT GEN Cosgrove, officially handed military command of East Timor to the UNTAET