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Photograph from a luncheon in honour of the High Commissioner for India, 1944

1996.0034.0032

Photograph from a luncheon in honour of the High Commissioner for India, 1944

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Physical description

One black and white photograph from a luncheon in honour of the High Commissioner for India. Featured in the photographs is Dr Herbert Evatt, The high Commissioner and Francis Michael Forde. The photograph is written on the back in pencil outlining those present and the date 6 December 1944.

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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