If doors had eyes
Since their installation, the doors have witnessed countless historic events, with consequences that have rippled throughout the decades and continue to shape our nation today.
Throughout World War II, members of Robert Menzies’ War Cabinet would filter in and out of the front doors after meetings that extended into the early hours.
In 1943, they swung wide open to welcome the first women elected to Federal Parliament, Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney.
The doors were treated to a thorough clean and polish in 1954 ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s first royal tour of Australia. Photographs from the day show the Queen in her coronation gown ascending the front steps towards the doors.
In 1971, Neville Bonner made history when he walked through the doors as Australia’s first Indigenous Federal Parliamentarian. Bonner’s debut came less than 10 years after Indigenous Australians were granted the right to vote.