The Well of Contemplation

 

The view from the Hall of Memory into the Hall of Silence is referred to as the Well of Contemplation. The Well is surrounded by a carved marble balustrade designed in the form of a wreath. Another commemorative symbol whose circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end. The Romans used to weave laurel into a wreath to crown victors and the brave as a mark of honour. This wreath represents the Anzac’s courage and endurance and whether they were victors or not, the circular shape confirms that we will remember them for all eternity.

 

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor