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Letter

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Physical description

A single sheet typed letter. The letterhead reads, Australian Institute of Librarians, Executive - Kenneth Binn, F.L.A President. H Rutherford Purnell F.L.A, Past President, H.M. Green, Vice-President, Elizabeth Hall, B.A. General Treasurer, L.C. Key, B.A General Secretary. Telephone: Canberra 501. C/O Commonwealth National Library, Canberra A.C.T. The letter is addressed to Mr H.L. Napthali, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT from L.C Key (General Secretary) and is dated 17th June 1941. The letter thanks Mr Napthali for the assistance rendered by him in taking charge of the catering arrangements for their conference. Also thanks the staff.

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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