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
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY