Hall of Memory mosaic pendentive: Women's services

Accession Number ART90409.003
Collection type Art
Object type Mosaic
Physical description glass enamel tesserae
Location Main Bld: Commemorative Area: Hall of Memory: Commemoration
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra, Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1955-1958
Conflict Australian Military Commitments

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This Hall of Memory pendentive features the women's services; depicted here dressed in a blouse and skirt, a generic uniform that could reference all the servicewomen. The various branches of the services are symbolised by different badges in the lower right segment of the design. The figure steps forward through an open doorway, from which bursts a halo of winged light. She remembers the many sacrifices and disasters suffered by her sisters. One of which is symbolised above by the engulfing waves of the sea into which sinks the "sea-centaur", a symbol of the most infamous of wartime sea tragedies in which the hospital ship 'Centaur' was sunk with only one survivor. The reference to missiles falling from above reiterates the danger faced by so many women in the services, victims of gunfire and bombing.