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
24 June

1927 — Opening of the MENIN GATE Memorial at YPRES, Belgium. This Memorial records the names of over 56,000 Allied soldiers, including 6176 Australians, missing in the battles around YPRES in World War 1

1940 — The British Government requested Australian support in the provision of military assets to assist in the garrisoning Malaya

1942 — Rommel’s Afrika Corps attacked Egypt, forcing the Allied troops back to El ALAMEIN

1942 — Maroubra Force was formed from the 300 strong Papuan Infantry Battalion and the 39th Battalion, an Australian militia unit. Its job was to defend Port Moresby