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To meet the visiting Journalists from the United Kingdom...

1996.0034.0043

To meet the visiting Journalists from the United Kingdom...

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Physical description

One invitation which reads "To meet the visiting Journalists from the United Kingdom. The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company of ... at Luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra, on Friday, 22nd October, 1943, at 1 p.m. Please address reply to the Secretary, Prime Minister's Department, Canberra. Lounge Suit." The Invitation is printed in red on cream paper with a gold coat of arms at the top centre. The date and the occasion have been typed in red. There is a menu and seating plan for this occasion contained in the collection also - in the large album. The invitation is in good condition, there is slight mould marking on the right hand side and at the top left is rust marking from a paper clip.

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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