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
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive