The Hall of Memory, set above the Pool of Reflection, is the heart of the Australian War Memorial. Flanked by the Roll of Honour, and home to the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier, the Hall of Memory is a sacred place.
Artist Napier Waller, a former Australian serviceman who was injured at Bullecourt in 1917, was commissioned to design the Hall of Memory. Despite only having one arm, Waller was actively involved in the construction of the stained glass windows that encircle the room, and the glorious Byzantine-style mosaic that spans the the full interior of the Hall. The Hall of Memory was officially dedicated in May 1959.
Sixty years on, the Australian War Memorial has released this commemorative medallion.
The medallion is finished in a burnished nickel tone and features a full-colour depiction of the Byzantine mosaic, encircled by the attributes: Audacity, Endurance, Decision, Patriotism, Chivalry, Loyalty, Coolness and Control. The Australian War Memorial logo appears on the reverse side of the medallion, encircled with the attributes: Ancestry, Resource, Candour, Devotion, Curiosity, Independence and Comradeship.
Presented in a classic black box, the medallion is accompanied by a small commemorative booklet.
The medallion measures 6 cm in diameter.