Hall of Memory: south window

Unit Australian War Memorial
Accession Number ART90410.001
Collection type Art
Object type Various Media
Physical description stained glass
Location Main Bld: Commemorative Area: Hall of Memory: Commemoration
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made 1950
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Designed by Napier Waller each one of the Hall of Memory's fifteen stained glass windows represents a defining quality of Australian servicemen and women. The South Window represents personal qualities as follows: Resourcefulness: an aircraftsman. Symbols are a clamp vice, an electric arc, the sword severing the Gordian Knot, and the flame of invention; Candour: a signaler. Main symbol, the open flower. Above, an owl's head fountain and three arrowheads suggest frankness of expression; Devotion: a nurse. Symbols, the Red Cross; the Australian coat of arms; and the sign of charity (the pelican feeding her young from her bleeding breast); Curiosity: the uniform is that of a trench-mortar battery. The Winged Crown denotes reward of knowledge from inquiry. Above is the symbol of "The Inquiring Eye"; Independence: a naval captain. Details a gyroscope (a striking feature of which is that when set rotating it maintains, independently, its set direction), and the "Stand-off" signal (three red lamps vertical).