Settee #1999-0863Prime Minister’s Office, North Wing, Main Floor
Three-seater settee, upholstered in beige tweed wool with beige leather back, sides and base; with six fitted cushions, and piping around seams, on plinth base.
Photographs from the early 1970s show this settee was used in the Prime Minister?s office when Gough Whitlam was in office (1972 - 1975).
During the early 1970s acute accommodation shortages in the building necessitated a major phase of redevelopment in which extensions were made to the front west and east sections of the building, new offices constructed on the roof and a new wing on the Senate side erected to match the wing added on the Representatives side in 1965. This redevelopment included a new suite for the Prime Minister and his staff, a new President of the Senate’s suite and new meeting rooms on the lower floor. New furniture, such as this settee, was purchased to complement these new rooms.