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Cue Stand #2001-1525Original Billiards Room, North Wing, Main Floor

Maple circular queue stand on a stepped platform base with rotating centre; with twelve indentations lined with green felt on the base and with brass brackets on a circular pedestal.

History

This cue stand was used in one of the billiards rooms and exemplifies the recreational furniture and facilities provided to parliamentarians and press representatives during the long periods they spent in the building. During the 1940s substantial improvements and additions were made to the facilities for parliamentarians and press representatives in the dining and recreational block at the rear of the original building. In 1947 the original billiards room was converted into a dining area, while in 1948-49 the Member’s bar was enlarged, and additions included a dining room for staff and press, a private dining room and servery, and a new billiards room. A second billiards room was added on the Senate side of the dining and recreation block adjacent to the Member’s bar.

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This cue stand is significant because of its association with the Member’s Dining Room. The dining and recreation facilities were an important part of the life of the building from 1927 to 1988. They reflect the intention to provide some measure of comfort for the building’s occupants, in compensation for long sitting hours and the long periods people would spend away from their homes. The facilities also played an important national role in hosting Royal visits, official State receptions and formal dinners for important guests.

This cue stand 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

Height 1332mm
Diameter 560mm
Medium Maple; felt; metal; timber
Creator’s name Unknown
Date created Unknown