The Flame Room

 

The Flame Room is a tiny enclave in the eastern wall of the Hall of Memory. It houses a Flame of Remembrance burning in a flat dish mounted on a pedestal. At the rear of the Flame Room, behind the pedestal are the flags of Australia, New Zealand and New South Wales. The Flame is a symbol of eternal life. The Flame of Remembrance at the Anzac Memorial burns to symbolise the gratitude of the Australian people to those who gave their lives in the service of our country in time of war.

Architect Bruce Dellit had originally intended this space to serve as an 'Archive room, a small chamber wherein will be placed suitably bound volumes of the official history of Australia's part in the Great War...' from The Book of the Anzac Memorial, NSW (1934). The creation of this space was found to be impractical and in the 1990s the alcove was given a new purpose as the room to house the Flame of Remembrance. The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL Energy from 2006) donated and installed the Flame of Remembrance.

'Above the doorway leading to this chamber is a beautifully carved feature symbolising the rising sun borne aloft on the wings of time, together with the flaming sword of Sacrifice which points portentously to the years 1914–18' from The Book of the Anzac Memorial, NSW (1934)
 

 

 

 

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor