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Inside Parliament House

Libraries

Members' Reading Room
On the first floor, between the two chambers, lies the former Parliamentary Library, now known as the Members' Reading Room. During parliamentary sittings, its use is reserved for Members only, allowing them to attend to other business while keeping in close proximity to the chamber.

Galleries

Gallary
Located on either side of the O'Donovan Library on the second floor, are the public galleries for both chambers. The public gallery of each House is where Members of the public may sit to watch the activities of the Parliament. Although the galleries were originally identical, changes over the years to accommodate technology and changed work practices have resulted in some minor differences.

Alice Street Wing

Alice Street Wing
The western wing, along Alice Street, was added in 1891, but the other sides of Tiffin's original design were never built despite initial intentions to do so. The most obvious reason the building remained incomplete was financially based. The George Street wing's construction costs outstripped expectations rapidly in a period of financial uncertainty.

Strangers' Dining Room

Strangers' Dining Room
Located at the river end of the corridor on the first floor of the Alice Street wing is the Strangers' Dining Room, formerly called the Members' Dining Room. This room is furnished with early Australian cedar yoke back chairs which were probably used in the early refreshment room.

Parliamentary Annexe

Parliamentary Annexe
In 1969, Government architects were asked to investigate and report on the feasibility and cost of constructing a new Parliamentary Annexe to relieve inadequate accommodation conditions at Parliament House.

Lucinda Room

Lucinda Bar
Also towards the river end of the Alice Street wing and further along the same corridor as the Strangers' Dining room is the Lucinda Room. This room, containing a bar and seating, is normally reserved for Members and is not often seen by visitors.

Legislative Assembly Chamber

Legislative Assembly Chamber
At the top of the staircase on the first level, the Members' Reading Room separates the two legislative chambers. The chambers occupy the first and second storeys. On the left hand side lies the Legislative Assembly Chamber.

Entrance and Staircase

Staircase
As you enter the George Street wing from ground level, the formal entrance lobby and grand staircase meet you. It is considered one of the most imposing spaces in the parliamentary precinct.

Legislative Council Chamber

Legislative Council Chamber
At the right of the staircase on the first floor lies the Legislative Council Chamber. Most Westminster Parliaments have an Upper and Lower House. The Council, the Upper House of the Queensland Parliament, was abolished in 1922, so the chamber is now mainly only for ceremonial or other formal occasions.