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Letter

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Physical description

A single sheet typed letter in blue ink. The letter head is the Australian coat of arms, House of Representatives, The Parliament of the Commonwealth, Leader of the Opposition, Canberra. The letter is addressed to H.L. Napthali Esq. From Robert Menzies (signature). The letter is dated 22nd December 1943. Menzies sends Christmas wishes to Napthali and his staff, and wishes them a happy 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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