The Assembly Hall

Located opposite the entry Vestibule on the eastern side of the Memorial, the Assembly Hall was originally a large open space used as a place where returned servicemen and servicewomen could gather socially, as well as for meetings and forums held by the building’s various occupants. The original plans for the room proposed a raised dais on the southern end, with a protruding stage and steps. This was never built.

The design of the Assembly Hall is more ornate than the general office spaces. The Art Deco detailing extends to the fittings and fixtures in the room. Building details, such as the marble door architraves, the large cornices, the coffered ceiling and the star-shaped lights, match those in the Vestibule. The Hall is now used as a temporary exhibition space.

 

 

On this day

On this day
23 September

1942 — GEN T. Blamey is appointed Commander in Chief Allied land forces in the Pacific

1942 — HMAS VOYAGER ran aground in BETANO BAY, Timor while landing 2/4 Independent Company. The ship was subsequently scuttled to prevent it falling into enemy hands

1943 — HMAS AUSTRALIA is involved in the Battle of DAKAR, West Africa. This battle was against Vichy French forces

1969 — Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Team 3 is awarded USN Meritorious Unit Commendation for conspicuous service in Vietnam