Knife #2001-0052Members’ Dining Room, Main Floor
Stainless steel knife with a grooved handle, even rounded blade and ‘CPRR’ (Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms) engraved on it.
This knife was used in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House. It was manufactured by Thurston & Sons in Stainless Steel.
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.