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
17 January

1917 — 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, sailed for France. This was the last AFC Squadron formed in WW1 and began active service over the Western Front in the Battle of Cambrai

1945 — Battle of TSIMBA RIDGE, a strongly fortified Japanese position  in the north of Bougainville

1991 — Coalition air attacks began against Iraqi forces in IRAQ and KUWAIT, marking the beginning of the GULF WAR, which ended when Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait