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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. It is possible that some of these chairs were used in the original legislative building in the old convict barracks in Queen Street.

This dining room is still used today.  Formerly it was restricted to Members' use only, but after the construction of an additional dining room in the Annexe in 1979, this dining room was opened to Members' guests.

The term “stranger” refers to any person in the parliamentary precinct who is not a Member of the Legislative Assembly.  This area is popular with Members and their guests, particularly during busy parliamentary sittings.  The room is also used for functions.