The Hall of Memory

The Hall of Memory is the Memorial's principal commemorative space. It is a massive circular room with niches, grand cathedral windows and a tall domed ceiling covered in stars.

The Hall has two large sets of doors facing north and south which open on the podium level at the top pf the major staircases from Hyde Park on the principal north-south axis, and contribute to Dellit's vision of the Memorial as on open pavillion.

 

 

 

On this day

On this day
26 March

1917 — First Battle of GAZA began. This was the first Allied attempt to capture this major Turkish centre 32km inside the border of PALESTINE. Two Australian Light Horse Brigades, the ANZAC Mounted Division, and the Imperial Camel Corps were involved in the battle

1917 — CAPT P. CHERRY, a GALLIPOLI veteran, won a Victoria Cross at LAGNICOURT, France. Despite facing strong opposition, Cherry organised machine-gun and bombing parties to progress his company’s attack after all of the Officers became casualties. He was killed during this action. The Victoria Cross and the Military Medal he had won earlier were presented posthumously. There were 1010 Australian casualties, including 300 taken prisoner in this battle