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Seating plan for a dinner for General Macarthur, 17th March 1944

1996.0034.0002.002

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Seating plan for a dinner for General Macarthur, 17th March 1944

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Physical description

A seating plan with typed entries and table placements drawn in pencil. The heading reads, 'DINNER - GENERAL DOUGLAS MacARTHUR - 17th MARCH, 1944 / PLACES AT DINNER TABLE / 130 GUESTS'.

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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On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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