How the Sydney Opera House Finished Peter Hall

As the mourners stood in silence and the casket began to move with awesome inevitability towards the steel gates isolating the crematorium furnace, there was a clang and it stopped abruptly. After a wait, and unseen operations, the gates re-opened. This time there was no impediment, and Peter Hall’s mortal remains disappeared into the red glare beyond. There was something symbolic about the incident, a fortuitous summing up of a life, in the mechanical failure at the North Sydney Crematorium. The incident suggested so much about Peter Hall that was left unsaid in the tearful tributes about the devastation of…

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