The walls and dome of the Hall of Memory are lined with one of the largest mosaics in the world. Designed by artist Napier Waller (who also designed the fifteen stained glass windows in the Hall), it was unveiled in 1959.
The mosaic inside the dome depicts the souls of the dead rising from the earth towards their spiritual home, represented by a glowing sun within the Southern Cross.
The figures on the walls - a soldier, a sailor, an airman and a servicewoman - recall the Australian experience of the Second World War. Over six million pieces of glass tesserae were used in the composition; it was installed by Italian craftsmen and took over three years to complete.
ICS carried out a major program of conservation works to the mosaic in the Hall of Memory in 1998 - 2000. This included:
Conservatorium of Music Rare Books Collection When a fire broke out in the Rare Books room of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library, the fire brigade responded within minutes and quickly used foam to extinguish it. This fast response contained the fire within the room and saved the items within it from potentially devastating damage. The collection was then swiftly...
The opening of Barangaroo Reserve has allowed Sydneysiders to walk around a part of the Sydney harbour foreshore that had been closed off to the public for more than 100 years. The six hectare parkland has transformed one of Sydney's oldest industrial sites,...