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
16 April

1895 — The Royal Navy depot at Circular Quay was transferred to Garden Island

1941 — During a single patrol in a period of aggressive night raids and patrols around the perimeter of the besieged port of TOBRUK, 2/48th Battalion troops captured 803 prisoners. There were two Australian casualties

1967 — HMAS HOBART began her involvement in Operation Sea Dragon during the VIETNAM WAR