The Vestibule

The main entrance to the Memorial’s ground floor is on the western side, facing Elizabeth Street. The Vestibule is lined in White Ulam marble and shows Charles 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 opaque glass doors are recessed into opposite walls for equipment and storage. In the centre of the Vestibule’s coffered ceilings are three 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
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