The Hall of Silence
Let silent contemplation be your offering

The Hall of Silence, located in the centre of the building, is striking in its starkness, and has a powerful effect on visitors.

The room is circular and George Rayner Hoff's sculpture Sacrifice stands in its centre. The floor is white Ulam marble. There is a bronze “eternal flame” that flares out from the sculpture. The ceiling curves up toward the carved marble balustrade that defines the Well of Contemplation, a large circular opening in the floor above. This opening provides only natural light for the Hall of Silence and has the effect of focusing that light onto the central sculpture. The cornice is a marble frieze in which are carved the names of the great battles fought by Australian forces during the war. According to architect Charles Bruce Dellit, the names “complete the message which the sculpture symbolising Sacrifice is intended to deliver”

On this day

On this day
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY