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Invitation 'To meet Rear-Admiral Nakamura, OBE, and Officers of HJJM's Training Squadron', 1935

1996.0034.0051

Invitation 'To meet Rear-Admiral Nakamura, OBE, and Officers of HJJM's Training Squadron', 1935

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Physical description

Invitation which reads "To meet Rear-Admiral Nakamura, OBE, and Officers of H.J.J.M's Training Squadron. The Ministers of State for the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company of ... at Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday, 8th May, 1935, at 4.30 p.m. An answer addressed to The secretary, Prime Minister's Department, Canberra is requested, this card to be presented at Parliament House." The card is printed in black ink on cream card with a gold Australian Coat of Arms in the top centre. Written in ink on the back of the invitation is 'MW 1168'. The invitation was collected by Mr H.L. Napthali whilst he was employed at the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms at Old Parliament House.

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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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