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Letter

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Physical description

A typed letter addressed to H.L. Napthali, Chief Steward, Joint House Department, Parliament House, Canberra. From R.G. Menzies, 30 Selborne Chambers, Melbourne, C.l. dated 19th December 1944. The letter is on House of Representatives, Leader of the Opposition paper featuring an Australian Crest. Canberra ACT has been crossed out to allow for the address to be typed in. Menzies sends seasonal greetings and kind regards and extends to Napthali and those working under him his sincere appreciation for the many courtesies extended to himself and his 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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