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Letter

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Physical description

A letter addressed to Mr Napthali, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT from W.M Mavin (Speaker). The letter is on House of Representatives, Parliament of the Commonwealth paper, Speakers room. Features an Australian crest in green and gold. Letter is dated 30th March, 1942. The letter is typed in green. The letter thanks Mr Napthali for the splendid set up on the occasion of the reception for General MacArthur.

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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