Jug #2001-0058Members’ Dining Room, Main Floor
Electroplated Nickel Silver (EPNS) milk jug with curved handle and ‘CPRR’ (Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms) engraved in the centre on one side.
This jug was used in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms in the Provisional Parliament House. It was manufactured by Stokes & Sons and is made of Electroplated Nickel Silver.
Crisp white tablecloths and sparkling silverware 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.