Dining Room Table #1999-1321Anteroom, President of the Senate’s Suite, North Wing, Main Floor
Blackbean modular dining room table; four sections, with cross banded tops on black lacquered metal central pedestals, on cross walnut bases with plastic pad feet.
This dining room table was designed by the Department of Works in 1972 for the President of the Senate’s suite.
The ceremonial duties of the President of the Senate include participation in the opening of Parliament and visits by foreign Heads of State and receiving delegations visiting Australia from other nations, and other distinguished visitors to the Senate. Hospitality for these events is one aspect of the responsibilities of the President’s office. Furniture, such as this dining table, was supplied to support these duties.
During the early 1970s acute accommodation shortages in the building necessitated a major phase of redevelopment in which extensions were made to the front west and east sections of the building, new offices constructed on the roof and a new wing on the Senate side erected to match the wing added on the Representatives side in 1965. This redevelopment included a new President of the Senate’s suite, new meeting rooms on the lower floor, and a new suite for the Prime Minister and his staff. New furniture, such as this table, was crafted to complement these new rooms.