The Vestibule

The main entrance to the Memorial’s ground floor is on the western side, facing Elizabeth Street. The Vestibule is lined in Ulam white marble and shows Dellit’s reinterpretation of classical themes in Art Deco language. Vertical bands of moulded blades form the underside of squared openings around the internal perimeter of the Vestibule.

Two recessed timber cabinets of silky oak with obscured glass doors are recessed into opposite walls for equipment and storage. In the centre of the Vestibule’s coffered ceilings are large brass lights in the form of stars, also designed by Dellit. The coffered ceilings are the moulded undersides of the podium level concrete floor slabs and are finished with a hard plaster skim coat.

At the edge of the Vestibule is the entrance to the Hall of Silence. In the black slate of the entrance threshold are inlaid brass words, “LET SILENT CONTEMPLATION BE YOUR OFFERING”; this has been described as “the central motif of the Memorial’s conception”.

 

On this day

On this day
25 June

1916 — PTE J. JACKSON won a Victoria Cross near Bois Grenier, Armentieres, France. He had entered the Army under-aged and after service on GALLIPOLI, he moved to France. His patrol entered enemy lines but then withdrew. Jackson moved from a safe position to recover wounded men until he was hit and subsequently lost an arm

1950 — The North Korean Peoples Army invaded South Korea, beginning the three-year-long Korean War