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Invitation to meet Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Canberra, 1941

1996.0034.0044

Invitation to meet Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Canberra, 1941

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Physical description

One invitation which reads "To meet the Hon. Nelson T. Johnson, Envoy extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. The Minister of State for External Affairs requests the pleasure of the company of ... at Luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra, on Thursday, September, 18th, 1941 at 1 p.m. Please Address Reply to the Secretary, Department of External Affairs, Canberra, Lounge Suit". The invitation has been printed in red on cream paper. The occasion and date have been typed onto the card in red. There is a the Australian coat of arms in gold in the top centre. There is a seating plan and menu which may relate to this function contained in the large album also in this collection.

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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