The Hall of Memory, set above the Pool of Reflection, is the heart of the Australian War Memorial. It can only be reached by walking past the names of the more than 103,000 who have given their lives in the service of this country. Here you stand by the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, at the still point of all remembrance.
The Hall of Memory documentary film
The Memorial has released a powerful documentary paying homage to the Hall of Memory. In particular, it emphasises the 15 values observed in Australian servicemen and servicewomen which inform character.
We invite you to watch the The Hall of Memory film below.
Produced by renowned journalist, producer and film-maker Max Uechtritz and scored by songwriter and record producer Garth Porter, The Hall of Memory film explores the concept and intent behind the 15 stained glass panels in the Hall of Memory, each of which symbolises one of the quintessential qualities displayed by Australians in war. The film features Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson presenting the story of the creation of the Hall of Memory and its stunning designs by artist Napier Waller OBE CMG.
Copies of The Hall of Memory film are available for purchase on DVD from the Memorial's online shop.
Constructing the Hall of Memory
The Memorial was conceived in the years after the First World War, though difficulties with budget and design delayed construction until 1936.
The Great War was to be commemorated in the stained-glass windows of the Hall of Memory, but by the time of the Memorial’s official opening in 1941, the Second World War had begun. In 1945 it was decided that the Hall’s mosaic should be dedicated to the memory of the fallen in the recent war. The Hall of Memory was finally dedicated in 1959.
About Napier Waller
Australian artist Napier Waller was chosen to create the decorative elements in the Hall on Memory, including the stained-glass windows and mosaics. Despite having lost his right arm during the First World War, Waller was actively involved in the entire process.