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
26 September

1914 — A landing party from HMAS SYDNEY destroyed the German wireless station at ANGAUR, Palau Islands, South Pacific Ocean

1917 — Battle of POLYGON WOOD. This was part of the 3rd Battle of YPRES, Belgium. The Australians suffered 5,770 casualties. PTE P. BUGDEN and SGT J. DWYER won VCs during this action

1943 — OPERATION JAYWICK troops operating from MV KRAIT entered Singapore Harbour by kayak and attached mines to Japanese shipping before escaping undetected to rendezvous with KRAIT. The raid sank or damaged about 37,000 tons of shipping