Fork #2001-0051Members’ Dining Room, Main Floor
Metal fork with Commonwealth Parliament insignia engraved on the end of a grooved handle.
This fork was used in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House. It was manufactured by Grosvenor.
Crisp white tablecloths and sparkling silver cutlery welcomed members and senators to their party’s particular tables in the Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms. Unlike in most Australian homes, waiters, and later waitresses, provided silver service. They served the politicians’ food from elegant silver platters directly onto their plates at the table.