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A typed letter addressed to Mr Napthali, Refreshment Rooms, Parliament House, Canberra. From F.M Forde, Minister for the Army, Parliament House, Canberra, dated 4th October 1945. The letter is on Commonwealth of Australia, Minister for the Army letterhead paper, featuring an Australian crest. The letter thanks Mr Napthali for arranging a delightful ladies afternoon tea on the previous day on behalf on Mr Forde's wife. Mrs Forde would also like the enclosed to be given to the head waitress for distribution among the girls who waited at table. The letter is signed in ink.

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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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