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A typed letter addressed to H. Napthali, Esq, Manager, Parliamentary Dining Rooms, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT. From Mr [---?] Hope, Under secretary, Premiers Department Brisbane. The letter is dated 31st August 1944. The paper is yellowing, it has the Premiers Dept crest in the top left corner in purple. The letter thanks Mr Napthali for the many courtesies which the Queensland officers received from Mr Napthali and his staff during the conference they attended. He had not had time to thank Mr Napthali in person as they had to run to catch the afternoon train.

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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