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Letter

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Physical description

A hand-written letter on a single sheet. the letterhead reads "The Mac-Ray Laboratories (regd.), Diseases of the skin - phone M3018 124 Liverpool Street Opposite Snow's, SYDNEY and at Terminus Hotel, Newcastle, Davis Chambers Cessnock, Crown Hotel, Wollongong". The letter is addressed to Dear Nap, The signature at the bottom of the page is illegible. The letter is dated 20th November 1945. letter invites Mr Napthali to come down to Sydney and see him if he gets a chance. Thanks for courtesies during his stay in Canberra.

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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