Full Members’ Dining Room

 

Full Member’s Dining Room was originally a large banquet hall created by opening the doors between Members’ Dining rooms 1, 2 and 3. When the parliament hosted Royalty, Heads of State, Ambassadors and other significant visitors, this large space would be utilised. Our Full Member’s Dining Room features a complete, unobstructed view of the Australian Parliament House, with its high ceilings, original timber lamps and the Queen Victoria Terrace that can be used in conjunction with the room, this space is an overall beautiful historic backdrop for all events.

 

Access

Direct access from Queen Victoria Terrace is via the driveway and pedestrian bridges; the latter have easy access ramps, and easy access toilets are also at level. A hearing loop is available in this space.

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History

In addition to daily dining, the Members’ Dining Room was also used for large parties and events. Often, tables and walls would be decorated to suit the significant visitors for these large banquets. Themes would refer to colours of a flag, floral emblems or an object particular to a country. For example, the room was decorated with yellow roses at a special luncheon for the United States President Lyndon B. Johnson on 20 October 1966 in honour of his Texan origins. Ice and butter sculptures were also a feature and workers in Parliament were offered the opportunity to view the decorations before the function.

 

The Banquet Hall hosted royalty at a luncheon held on 9 May 1927, the day that the Duke of York opened Old Parliament House. This Museum has a menu card that is signed by the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) and Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce, the first prime minister to serve in Old Parliament House.

Other notable guests in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Refreshment Rooms (now Full Member’s Dining Room) have included

  • Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of US President – September 1943
  • President Saragat of Italy – 26 September 1967
  • Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia – 14 May 1968
  • Prime Minister Ghandi of India – 22 May 1968
  • Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada – 19 May 1970
  • Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan – 1 November 1974
  • King Hussein of Jordan – 3 March 1976

From our past guests

  • "The staff on the night couldn’t have been more accommodating and helpful! From arriving to set up, the service through the event and getting everyone to exit the event after it finished."
    Private, 30th birthday party, 2018
  • "The team were so helpful and no request was ever to hard or an inconvenience to them. The day and evening run very smoothly and we can't thank them enough for all their hard work and fantastic service! "
    Wine Press, Taste Champagne, 2018
  • "We were extremely happy with the way our conference was run at Old Parliament House and we look forward to coming back to the venue again in the future."
    Commonwealth Bank, Conference, 2018