A personal tribute
The galaxy of golden stars adorning the Memorial’s dome represents the men and women of NSW who embarked for overseas service during the Great War (1914–18).
All visitors to the Memorial are welcome to take a commemorative star bearing the name of an Australian serviceman or woman killed on active service, or a veteran who has since passed away, and cast it into the Well of Contemplation following a moment of reflection. The RSL Corps of Guards – the guardians of the Anzac Memorial – designed this act of personal tribute to reflect the original intention of the stars that illuminate the Memorial’s dome.
Stars that are released into the Well are collected and kept on site until they are cremated at Rookwood Cemetery. The ashes are carried on annual pilgrimages by the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholars to the key battlefield sites of the Western Front, Gallipoli, the Middle East and Asia.