‘Next Public Tour of the Galleries…’ Sign #1999-0923
Blackwood sign; arched face with mounted clock, above two rectangular faces with ‘NEXT PUBLIC TOUR OF THE GALLERIES LEAVES THIS POINT AT TIME INDICATED / PLEASE WAIT HERE FOR GUIDE / THE TAKING OF PHOTOGRAPHS IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE IS NOT PERMITTED’ in gilt lettering; on a square section pole with four curved brackets attached to a stepped square base on block feet.
This ‘Next Public Tour Of The Galleries…’ sign was used in the Provisional Parliament House. This sign would have been used to provide information to visitors, or ‘strangers’.
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.