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A letter addressed to H. Napthali Esq, Refreshment Rooms, Parliament House, Canberra. From F.M Forde, Minister for the Army, Parliament House, Canberra ACT, dated 21st July, 1944. The letter is typed on Commonwealth of Australia, Minister for the army letterhead paper. "Personal" is written by hand in ink in the top left hand corner. The letter thanks Mr Napthali on behalf of Forde and his wife for the manner in which the catering arrangements were carried out at a ladies afternoon tea on the previous day. The letter is in good condition.

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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