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Refrigerator #2001-1636Kitchen, South Wing, Lower Floor

Large stainless steel Kelvinator refrigerator; rectangular cabinet with white painted sides and metal front; with five doors on front and thermostat on side.

History

This refrigerator, manufactured by DGM Kelvinator Equipped, was used in the kitchens at the Provisional Parliament House. The dining and kitchen facilities were an important aspect of the building, as it was designed to be fully self-contained. The facilities and equipment were responsible for providing meals and refreshments to the Members’ Dining Room, private dining rooms, offices (on request), and, after 1949, to the dining room built for staff and the press. As well as day to day meals, the kitchen staff were also called upon to cater for large functions associated with special occasions such as royal or overseas visits and important events, including the 1954 State Banquet for Queen Elizabeth II. This refrigerator would have been used to help store the vast quantities of food needed.

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This refrigerator is significant through its association with the kitchens and the dining and recreation block in the South Wing. The wing was an integral part of the early design and development of the Provisional Parliament House. The facilities were an important part of the intention for the building to be fully self-contained. These facilities also played an important role in the Commonwealth Parliament and Government hosting Royal visits, official State receptions and formal dinners for important guests.

This refrigerator is significant as a component of the Heritage Collection, which comprises those objects 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, which include the purpose designed furniture and furnishings, that convey the way in which parliamentary functions were conducted, the everyday use of the building, and the hierarchical nature of parliamentary staffing practices.

Details

Width 2550mm
Height 1935mm
Depth 945mm
Medium Stainless steel; plastic; rubber; electrical components
Creator’s name DGM Kelvinator Equipped
Date created Unknown