The Hall of Service

Explore the Hall of Service artwork in our new Digital Interactive. Delve into the stories of those who answered the call to serve and learn about the communities who generously contributed soil in remembrance of them. 

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 symbolic 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
15 November

1899 — During the BOER WAR, Gen Botha’s troops wrecked an armoured train and captured 60 prisoners including journalist WINSTON CHURCHILL

1914 — HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS MELBOURNE finished escort duties with the “ANZAC” Convoy and proceeded to the WEST ATLANTIC where they patrolled the West Indies and the east coast of North America for 18 months

1944 — The Australian Government approved sending Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) members overseas. AWAS members went to LAE, New Guinea, and served in forward areas for the first time. Female nursing and  medical personnel were already in New Guinea