Corner Bench Seat #1999-1339King’s Hall, North Wing, Main Floor
Blackwood corner bench; with an angular seat, back rail, and raised panels on angled end supports; on four block feet.
This corner bench seat was not designed for the Provisional Parliament House in the 1920s, but was manufactured at a later date. It is one of four of the same design that occupied each corner of the inner hall in King’s Hall. It is believed that these four benches were presented to the Parliament by an ex-servicemen’s organisation in the 1960s, but it has not been possible to verify this. The benches were used both by the public and by lobbyists visiting Parliament; the latter because parliamentary staff often tried to discourage lobbyists from visiting parliamentarians in their cramped offices.