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
3 June

1942 — Battle of MIDWAY began. This decisive victory by the US Navy over the Japanese Navy shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific and forced Japan to abandon plans to attack New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa. Japanese losses were 4 aircraft carriers, 1 cruiser, 248 aircraft, and over 3,000 sailors.  American losses were 1 aircraft carrier, 1 destroyer, 150 aircraft, and 307 men

1944 — 78 Squadron, RAAF, carried out the last major air combat by the RAAF in WW2, off BIAK Island, New Guinea. 10 enemy planes were shot down for the loss of one Australian plane and pilot

1969 — HMAS MELBOURNE collided with USS FRANK E EVANS in the South China Sea.  EVANS was cut in half and 74 of her crew were killed