In pictures: Historians mourn ‘devastating’ loss of legacy from old parliament building | The border post

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Historians and cultural leaders have lamented the loss of an “irreplaceable” part of the Old Parliament House, which was severely damaged by a fire Thursday morning. Director of the Museum of Democracy Daryl Karp said it was a “very sad day”. “I am completely devastated to have to say that the beautiful doors of the past and the portico have been severely damaged,” she said. Mrs Karp said the doors were made by the Australian company Sidgreaves & Co., which manufactured all the bronze doors in the building. “In my opinion, these doors are irreplaceable. They are part of this extraordinary heritage. They have witnessed an amazing history of decades of Australia,” she said. READ MORE: “The Doors and the Fortress and the Northern Facade … have been the focus of truly significant events that reflect Australia’s democratic values ​​and political and social rights.” She also said it was possible that items in the collection had been damaged by acid smoke. ANU historian David Headon said the fire caused “damage of high cultural significance”. He said the building witnessed decades of democracy, including the time Australia endured World War II. The Old Parliament House was the seat of Parliament from 1927 to 1988. The building was designed by John Smith Murdoch and opened by the then Duke and Duchess of York – later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother – on 9 May 1927. Queen Elizabeth II stood and waved to his subjects on the steps of the Old Parliament House during the Royal Tour in 1954. On November 11, 1975, Gough Whitlam responded to his dismissal at the hands of then-Governor-General Sirr John Kerr in the lobby. “May we say ‘God save the queen’, for nothing will save the Governor-General,” he famously remarked at the time. Sir. Headon said the portico was where “arguably the best known political speech ever given by an Australian politician [was made]”Mrs. Karp said that her favorite historical moment from the Old Parliament House was when Dorothy Tangney and Enid Lyons were depicted entering their first day on September 24, 1943. They were the first women to be elected to Parliament, and they are seen wearing long dresses and black top hats as they walk through the front doors.United Australia MP Mrs Lyons was a member of the House of Representatives for Darwin’s seat in Tasmania and Labours Mrs Tangney was a senator for Western Australia.Can Heritage Council President Kenneth Heffernan said the building is a World Heritage Site and is listed on the Federal and ACT Heritage List. Mr Heffernan said the front was also important because it faces the Aboriginal tent embassy, ​​which was established almost 50 years ago. it has been a place of protest for the people of the First Nations since Wiradjuri Elder Jimmy Clements went to Canberra from the Brungle Mission in NSW to the opening of the Provisional Parliament House in 1927. “It has been the place o from the aboriginal tent embassy for quite some time too, “he said. “It’s part of a continuing place for protests. It really is a place for democracy.” Home Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt said that when he thought of the Old Parliament House, he was thinking of Neville Bonner, the first Aboriginal man to become a member of Australia’s Parliament. The minister responsible for the Old Parliament House, Ben Morton, said any damage to the building would be repaired. IN OTHER NEWS: Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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