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
23 September

1942 — GEN T. Blamey is appointed Commander in Chief Allied land forces in the Pacific

1942 — HMAS VOYAGER ran aground in BETANO BAY, Timor while landing 2/4 Independent Company. The ship was subsequently scuttled to prevent it falling into enemy hands

1943 — HMAS AUSTRALIA is involved in the Battle of DAKAR, West Africa. This battle was against Vichy French forces

1969 — Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Team 3 is awarded USN Meritorious Unit Commendation for conspicuous service in Vietnam