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Invitation 'To welcome the Rt Hon H.V Evatt upon his return to Australia', 1942

1996.0034.0047

Invitation 'To welcome the Rt Hon H.V Evatt upon his return to Australia', 1942

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Physical description

Invitation which reads "To welcome the Rt Hon H.V Evatt upon his return to Australia, The Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company of ... at Luncheon at Parliament House, Canberra, on Tuesday 7th July, 1942, at 1 p.m. Please address reply to the Secretary, Prime Minister's Department of , Canberra. Lounge suit". The invitation is unused. The invitation is printed in red on cream card. The occasion and the date have been typed in red. There is an Australian coat of arms in gold in the top centre.

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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