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Letter to The Manager, Parliament House Dining Room, Canberra, ACT, from H Grattan Guinness, Managing Editor, 20th Century Fox Movietone News

1996.0034.0023

Letter to The Manager, Parliament House Dining Room, Canberra, ACT, from H Grattan Guinness, Managing Editor, 20th Century Fox Movietone News

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Physical description

A typed letter addressed to The Manager, Parliament House Dining Room, Canberra ACT. From H. Grattan Guinness, Managing Editor, 20th Century Fox Movietone News in Aust and NZ, Editorial Office & Studios: 43 Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney. Dated 20th March 1944. The letter is printed on 20th Century Fox letter head in red. The letter thanks Mr Napthali for helping one Mr Bierre who was present at the visit of General MacArthur and whom Napthali helped to obtain the pictures.

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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