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Invitation 'To meet Mr Tatsuo Kawai, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan...', 1941

1996.0034.0042

Invitation 'To meet Mr Tatsuo Kawai, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan...', 1941

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Physical description

One invitation which reads "To meet Mr Tatsuo Kawai, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Japan. The Minister of State for External Affairs and Lady Stewart request the pleasure of the company of ... at Parliament House, Canberra, on Wednesday, 19th March, 1941 from 5-6 p.m. An answer addressed to The Secretary, External Affairs Department, Canberra. is requested. Lounge Suit." The invitation is printed on cream card in blue with a gold coat of arms in the top centre. The Invitation is in good condition, the paper is yellowing slightly with age.

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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