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Photograph showing a ladies morning tea in one of the courtyards at Old Parliament House

1996.0034.0035

Photograph showing a ladies morning tea in one of the courtyards at Old Parliament House

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Physical description

This photograph is one of a series of loose photos from the Betty Hall collection. The collection was compiled by Mr H.L. Napthali, the Chief Steward of the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. This photograph shows a ladies morning tea in one of the courtyards at Old Parliament House. The likely dates for this are either July 1944 or October 1945. The photograph has been taken from one of the walkways above the courtyards. There are several letters of thanks contained in the Collection which refer to these morning teas. The photo shows a waitress serving behind a long table whilst ladies drink tea in a group.

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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