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....?.Now on the National Heritage list, it was the seat of political power for over 60 years, a time of lots of changes and events.
Old Parliament House opened in 1927 and served until 1988.

Some important events in the history of "Old Parliament house" were Australia?s declaration of war against Japan in 1941 and the dismissal of Gough Whitlam?s Labor Government in 1975.

The last time I entered Old Parliament House, it was still be used for Parliament, I sat in the viewing gallery and watched Parliament in action!
This time, it is a Museum. In a way, I think it is much better visiting now, as there is so much more that is open to the public.

When you enter, you are walking where many great dignitries like the Queen, have walked before. Well, we walked where the famous have once walked, and then made our way up the stairs and into the King's Hall which had a lovely parquetry floor, made of jarrah and silver ash.
In the centre is a large bronze statue of King George V, monarch at the time the building was completed. Located around the hall are bronze reliefs of prominent people who helped in the formation of the Commonwealth.
It was interesting viewing the portrait of the opening of the building in 1927 by the Duke of York (later King George VI) and the opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954.

Onwards we went and into original Parliamentary Chamber where the Prime Minister?s once sat.
These are very comfortable leather seats, no wonder they look very comfortable when you see them on Television!

We had a look at the Prime Minister?s suite, meeting rooms, the Press gallery, Cabinet & Party rooms, the Senate & House of Representatives chambers, Speakers suite, and more.

It was interesting seeing it as it was, the style of furniture back in the 1920?s, and the architecture of those days, this is pre 1988.

Make sure you pick up a map with what there is to see here, there is quite a bit, so you need to allow over an hour to have a good look.

Guided tours: 9:30am, 10:15am, 11:00am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm.

OPEN 9 ? 5 pm daily
ADMISSION?? $2 adult, $1 child/concession, $5 family

Address: King George Terrace, Parkes
Phone: 02 6270 8222
Website: http://www.oph.gov.au/

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2009
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