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Scoreboard #2006-1209Original Billiards Room, North Wing, Main Floor

Timber billiards scoreboard with two rolling score indicators with wooden handles and inscribed with numerals from 1 to 100; with two metal score indicators with sliding markers.

History

This billiards scoreboard was manufactured by Heiron & Smith, a manufacturer of high quality billiard tables and accessories established in New South Wales in 1883. The company has supplied billiard tables to Parliament House, the Parliament of New South Wales, and clubs throughout regional and country New South Wales. Heiron & Smith amalgamated with Alcock’s of Melbourne in 1988 to form the Alcock Group of Companies.

This billiards scoreboard was used in one of the billiard 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 scoreboard 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 scoreboard 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 834mm
Height 292mm
Depth 76mm
Medium Timber; metal; cardboard
Creator’s name Heiron & Smith Ld. Makers
Date created Unknown