Table of the Legislative Council.
was originally constructed as the Customs House and Architect’s
Offices for the colony.
building was built on reclaimed land between the years
1834 and 1840, and constructed in the Georgian colonial
of architecture for which Tasmania is well known.
The building was
designed by the colonial architect, John Lee Archer, who
also designed such buildings as St John’s
Church and the Charitable Institution at New Town.
From 1841 to
1856 the Legislative Council met in the Long Room. This
served as the House of Assembly Chamber from 1856
until 1940 and is presently the Members’ Lounge.
In 1856 the Council
moved into the present chamber, which is undoubtedly the
most magnificent room in the building.
In the Westminster tradition, the predominant colour is red.
The wood panelling is made of highly polished New South Wales
cedar and was constructed by a local firm of tradesmen. The
walls above the panelling and the ceiling are hand stencilled
and of an arresting design. The canopy above the President’s
chair is of cedar; the imposing columns being of a fluted
Portrait of Queen Victoria by
J. Prescott Knight R.A.
The large portrait
of Queen Victoria by J. Prescott Knight R.A. is a copy
in oils of Winterhalter’s famous painting.
The original portrait hangs in Windsor Castle. This copy
was purchased in 1855 at a cost of 250 guineas. It measures
15 feet by 8 feet and its frame is handsomely carved and
In accordance with Westminster tradition, it is the custom
for Government Representatives to be seated to the right
of the President on the first bench.
The Chair of
Committees (when the Council is in Committee) sits between
the Clerk of the Council and the Deputy Clerk.
The rows of individual seats on either side of the President
on the dais are known as the President’s Reserve. Behind
these seats to the President’s right is the area reserved
for the Hansard staff who record the debate. The corresponding
area to the President’s left is reserved for members
of the media.
Public Gallery entry and exit
3. Members’ Benches
4. Clerk of Papers
5. Main Chamber Doors
(LC Members only)
6. President’s Reserve
7. Press Gallery
8. Rear Chamber Doors
11. Chair of Committees
12. Deputy Clerk
13. Table of the Council
14. Usher of the Black Rod
15. Second Clerk-Assistant
16. Seating Members of both Houses
beyond the Bar of the Council
17. Public Gallery
18. Chamber Doors (Members Only)
19. Members’ Benches
20. Deputy Leader of the Government
21. Leader of the Government
22. Adviser to Leader of the Government
23. Special Advisers
24. Hansard Monitor
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