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‘Take Care on Polished Floor’ Sign #1999-0916

Blackwood sign; rectangular face with ‘TAKE CARE ON POLISHED FLOOR’ in gilt lettering, surrounded by rectangular frame; on a square section pole with grooved edges and four curved brackets on a quadraform base.


This ‘Take Care On Polished Floor’ sign was used in the Provisional Parliament House. This sign would have been used to provide information to both members and visitors, or ‘strangers’. The term ‘Members’ refers to parliamentarians elected to either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Visitors (which included school groups, other groups and members of the general public) were allowed to access certain areas of the Provisional Parliament House. They could enter King’s Hall, which was the venue for displaying many significant objects and portraits of prominent figures including Queen Elizabeth II, Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Presidents of the Senate and Speakers of the House of Representatives; and numerous official gifts presented to Parliament. Visitors could also sit in the public galleries on the second floor of the two Chambers and watch the proceedings below. Friends of parliamentarians could be invited to sit in the visitor’s area on the floor of the Chamber. Tours were also run for school groups and members of the general public. Much of the building however (such as the Party Rooms, the Parliamentary Library, the Members’ Dining Room and the billiards rooms) was off limits to the general public.

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This ‘Take Care On Polished Floor’ sign is significant as a component of the Heritage Collection, which comprises those pieces of furniture which were used in the Provisional Parliament House between 1924 and 1988. The collection has associations with the process of government, the ceremonial, administrative, promotional and recreational functions conducted within the building, and with the individuals who governed Australia between 1927 and 1988. The Old Parliament House building has a richness of internal fabric and collections that convey the way in which parliamentary functions were conducted, the everyday use of the building, and the hierarchical nature of parliamentary staffing practices.

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Width 425mm
Height 1530mm
Depth 410mm
Medium Blackwood; timber; paint
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Unknown