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Letter

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Physical description

A single sheet typed letter. The paper is folded in half but only the front has been written on. The body of the letter is typed but the greeting and signature are hand-written. The letter is addressed to Mr H.L. Napthali Esq, Officer in charge, Refreshment Rooms, Parliament House, from, Mr Robert Menzies, 30 Selborne Chamber, Melbourne, C.L., 18th December, 1942. The Letterhead is the Australian Coat of arms in blue and "advisory war council". Mr Menzies writes to say thankyou for all the cheerful service he has received from Mr Napthali and his staff over the last year. He also sends best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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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