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Album containing 97 menus, 20 seating plans and 47 photographs from Parliament House dining rooms...

1996.0034.0001

Album containing 97 menus, 20 seating plans and 47 photographs from Parliament House dining rooms...

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Physical description

Large light brown album which is 95 pages in length with two rods through the spine and some staining and discoloration around the edges. The paper in the album is extremely brittle and fragile. This album contains 97 menus, 20 seating plans and 47 photographs from Parliament House dining rooms. The album also contains a letter and an address of welcome to his excellency Vice admiral Shichigoro by Earle Page (acting PM) and a programme of events in celebration of the coronation of their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The album also contains a number of photographs of kitchen staff at work and the kitchen areas. The material in this album dates from 1918 until 1945. Menus and/or seating plans for dinners in honour of Miss Amy Johnson, Mr Lincoln Ellsworth, Mr R.G. Menzies, Charles Kingsford Smith and Gracie Fields are also included. The album also contains many photographs of John Curtin.

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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