The Hall of Service

The Hall of Service, at the centre of the Centenary Extension, is a civic space that architecturally and artistically mirrors the Hall of Silence. The Hall was named in acknowledgement of the original Memorial halls and to recognise more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and servicewomen.  At the threshold to the space are the words: “NSW Service with and for All Australians”.

The Hall also draws from the spatial qualities and is envisioned as a contemporary interpretation of the original halls to extend the Memorial visitor experience into the new facility. Visitors are able to see into the Hall of Memory via sightlines through the grand stairwell and the Oculus.

The architectural form and symbollic purpose of the space is reinforced and given powerful meaning by Fiona Hall's artwork. The partnership between Ms Hall and Centenary Extension architect, Richard Johnson honours the original partnership between artist Rayner Hoff and architect Bruce Dellit.  

The Hall of Service functions as a greeting and orientation space for the public, including tour groups and school children; and as a venue for ceremonies and functions, flowing onto exhibition galleries and education facilities.

 

On this day

On this day
24 May

1915 — A six hour cease-fire was arranged at GALLIPOLI to enable both sides to recover their dead and wounded

1966 — PTE E. NOACK was killed in Vietnam and became the first National Serviceman to die in the Vietnam War

1968 — Fire Support Base (FSB) BALMORAL was attacked by two battalions of North Vietnamese troops. 3 RAR troops, assisted by Centurion tanks, fought off the attack

1969 — WO Class 2 K. PAYNE, a veteran of Korean and Malayan campaigns, won a Victoria Cross for his courage in covering the withdrawal of troops and then returning to locate and recover casualties, while part of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam