The Well of Contemplation

The Well of Contemplation is a large circular opening in the Hall of Memory. 'Gracing the Well of Contemplation, through which the "Sacrifice" is viewed with bowed head from the Hall of Memory, is a beautiful balustrade carved from solid marble taken from quarries near Bathurst. This balustrade, of most original character, suggests by its wreath like form thoughts in keeping with that group of sacrifice and tragedy which it encircles' from The Book of the Anzac Memorial (1934)

The balustrade was designed by the architect Bruce Dellit.

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