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
18 July

1917 — An observer, aloft in a balloon from HMAS HUON, sighted an Austrian submarine on the surface in the Adriatic Sea. The submarine dived and escaped before HUON could get to it

1942 — Australian troops attacked and captured Trig22 on MAKH KHAD RIDGE during the fighting around EL ALAMEIN, Egypt

1960 — The first Junior Recruits (boys aged 15-16) commenced training at HMAS LEEUWIN, Fremantle, WA. The JR scheme continued for 24 years and over 12,000 young sailors graduated to the RAN