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Album containing 27 photographs of significant sites around Canberra, from the 1930's

1996.0034.0003

Album containing 27 photographs of significant sites around Canberra, from the 1930's

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Physical description

Dark brown leather album with the Australian crest in gold on the front cover. Canberra written in capitals in gold in the bottom right corner. The album is extremely worn around edges and spine. The paper inside is in good condition, the photographs are silvering with age. This album contains 27 photographs of significant sites around Canberra, and dates from the 1930's. Photographs included in the album are of Old Parliament House, Kings Hall, Parliament Courtyard, The Senate Chamber, The House of Representatives chamber, The speakers chair, an interior court in the Houses of Parliament, The Australian institute of anatomy, a hall in the institute, Government House - front view, Official entrance to government house, Albert Hall, Blossoms in nursery, the post office, The Manuka Swimming pool, Saint John the Baptist church, The school of Forestry, Pint plantation - Cotter River, The church of Saint Andrew , The Burns memorial, Old Duntroon House, Acton Homestead, Cotter Dam Water Supply, United States Chancery, Office of High Commission for Canada and the Japanese Legation Chancery.

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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