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 Rayner Hoff's sculpture Sacrifice stands in its centre. The floor is Ulam white marble, and there is a bronze “eternal flame” that flares out from the sculpture. The ceiling curves up toward the carved marble banister that defines the Well of Contemplation, a large circular opening in the floor of the level above. This opening provides the only natural lighting 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 Australians forces during the war. According to Dellit, the names “complete the message which the group of sculpture symbolising Sacrifice is intended to deliver”

On this day

On this day
19 January

1942 — NORTH BORNEO surrendered to the Japanese providing access to oil fields vital to the success of the Japanese war effort in Asia and the Pacific

1944 — 1st. New Guinea Infantry Battalion seized an observation post on the Gazelle Peninsula, New Britain

1951 — Mustang aircraft of 77 Squadron, RAAF, launched a rocket attack on suspected Chinese headquarters in PYONGYANG, Korea