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To let: The Lodge
As Leader of the Opposition, James Scullin had campaigned against the cost of The Lodge when it was completed in 1927. When Labor won the October 1929 election, he refused to occupy the prime ministerial residence.
To offset the expensive upkeep, The Lodge was tactfully, and unsuccessfully, offered for lease, complete with all fittings and furnishings.
Photographs highlighting features such as the Tasmanian mountain ash panelling and the Australian-made furniture in the entrance hall were obligingly published in the Australian Home Beautiful on 1 November 1929.
There were 40 parliaments in Australia’s first century as a nation. The first opened on 9 May 1901 and the 40th on 12 February 2002.