The Dome of Stars


Crowning the Hall of Memory is a domed ceiling 26 metres high covered with approximately 120,000 golden stars. The stars are a symbolic representation of the men and women from New South Wales who embarked for overseas service during the Great War.

When funds for the construction of the Anzac Memorial  began to dry up, the Trustees accepted a proposal that members of the public could purchase a star for 2 shillings (2/-), a significant donation during a time of austerity.  The money would go into the building fund. While not all of the stars were sold, a sufficient amount of money was raised by the scheme to enable the completion of the Anzac Memorial. 

The stars are made from plaster covered in gold paint and glued into position.  The Book of the Anzac Memorial, NSW (1934) describes: 'this Golden Galaxy symbolises all those men and women from New South Wales who served in the war – one star for every man or woman who heard the call – a constellation of honour and memory. These stars, placed high above the eye of the spectator and lit by the amber glass of the great windows, makes of the interior of the Hall a place of sacred memories.'

The stars on the dome are an approximation of the 130,020 people from New South Wales who embarked overseas to serve with the Australian Imperial Force. The state also contributed men to the Royal Australian Navy and a significant number of people from the state served in other armies and navies of the British Empire during the war.


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