Hall of Memory: east window

Unit Australian War Memorial
Accession Number ART90410.003
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 Period 1950-1959
First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


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, incorporating images of Australian soldiers, airmen, sailors and a nurse, all from the First World War. The windows are divided into three sets of qualities. The East Window represents fighting qualities. Coolness: (in action, especially in crisis) - an infantry officer in trench-coat. The Prismatic symbol and the "shield of Medusa" above stand for coolness and confidence when facing adverse situations; Control: (of self and others) - an infantryman in greatcoat. The symbols are a ratchet wheel, calipers and measured square; above, the shepherd's crook and crossed sword and baton; Audacity: - a light horseman. The quality is symbolised by a "winged energy"; and above by and alighting eagle and ascending arrowheads; Endurance: - a wounded soldier with broken "shard of war". Symbols - the pyramid, and, below, the column carved in rock, both denote stability and physical endurance; Decision: - an Australian soldier in dress worn at ANZAC. A target, bared sword and emblematic spear all denote directness in carrying out an aim.