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Five photographs documenting a luncheon for members of the Indian Industrial Mission on the 12.3.1945

1996.0034.0027

Five photographs documenting a luncheon for members of the Indian Industrial Mission on the 12.3.1945

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Physical description

A series of five black and white photographs documenting a luncheon for members of the Indian Industrial Mission on the 12.3.1945. These photographs feature Chifley, Curtin, Mr Datar Singh, the High Commissioner for India, and Drakeford. These are duplicates, the originals are in the album.

Statement of significance

The Betty Hall Collection represents a unique collection of material relating to the history of the Parliamentary Dining Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House.

This collection was put together by Mr H L Napthali who worked as the Chief Steward in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms from 1939 - 1945. He moved to Canberra in 1939 after having worked in the NSW Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. While at Provisional Parliament House Mr Napthali supervised a staff of fifty people and was responsible for purchasing as well as servicing the various bars and dining rooms within the House. He was also responsible for organising special dinners for commemorative occasions and for overseas visitors. Mr Napthali accumulated material relating to the history of the Federal Parliament both when worked in the NSW Parliament and in the Federal Parliament.

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