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A letter addressed to Mr Napthali (*), Parliament House Refreshment Rooms, Parliament House, Canberra. From F.M. Forde, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Army. The letter is on Minister for the army letterhead paper featuring an Australian crest. The letter is typed in black and signed in black ink. The letter thanks Napthali on behalf of Mrs Forde and himself for the many courtesies and of the capable manner in which Napthali's staff carried out their duties in connection with functions at which they acted as hosts during the previous week.

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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