House of Representatives Chamber Chairman of Committee’s Chair #1999-0471House of Representatives Chamber, North Wing, Main Floor
The Chairman of Committee’s maple armchair with a square back, arms and seat, upholstered in green leather; over a raised platform base containing a single side drawer with a wooden drawer pull and brass lock, moulded stretchers and crested square section tapering legs on later added castors.
The Chairman of Committee’s chair is still located in the House of Representatives Chamber where it was used by the Deputy Speaker in the Provisional Parliament House between 1927 and 1988. The 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. Murdoch’s design for this chair and the other Chamber furniture was inspired by the Westminster system of Parliament and the green and red colours of the two Chambers reflect the colour scheme of the lower and upper houses in the British House of Commons. The Chairman of Committee’s chair was manufactured by Beard Watson and Co Ltd using Queensland maple and leather supplied by Howe Bros of Preston, Victoria.