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
6 December

1917 —  “MONT BLANC”, a French munitions ship carrying explosives bound for Europe, blew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, after colliding with another ship. About 1800 people were killed and 9000 injured in what was reported as the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb

1951 — HMAS SYDNEY began its second patrol off KOREA. SYDNEY’s aircraft were used to protect South Korean-held islands of the north-west coast