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Easy Chair #1999-0612Furniture  ·  Senate Opposition Party Room, North Wing, Main Floor

Maple armchair with padded arms and sprung seat, upholstered in burgundy vinyl; maple fronts with fielded square motifs and plain pilasters on a block platform base.


This easy chair was designed in 1926 by the Architects Department of the Federal Capital Commission, led by principal architect John Smith Murdoch, specifically for Provisional Parliament House. This chair was manufactured by one of the six firms that were contracted to construct Murdoch’s designs (Myer Emporium Pty Ltd, Anthony Hordern and Sons, A Pengelly and Co, W H Rocke and Co, Beard Watson & Co, and Bebarfalds Ltd).

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This easy chair is significant as it is one of only four pieces of furniture of this design to have survived from the period.

This easy chair 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 House, and with the individuals who governed Australia between 1927 and 1988. The building is a primary example of the Inter War Stripped Classical style of architecture prominent in Canberra’s government architecture of the 1920’s to 1940’s. The characteristic expression of the building’s style is due to the design work of the Commonwealth’s first government architect, John Smith Murdoch. 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. This furniture is significant as it has remained within the building for which it was designed.

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Width 880mm
Height 950mm
Depth 1010mm
Medium Queensland maple; vinyl; timber
Creator’s name John Smith Murdoch
Date created Circa 1927