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
24 October

1942— Battle of EORA CREEK, New Guinea. Australian troops continued to drive the Japanese back along the KOKODA TRAIL but met heavy resistance at Eora Creek

1944— HMAS AUSTRALIA was escorted to Manus Island, New Guinea, for emergency repairs after being struck in a kamikaze aircraft attack in Leyte Gulf