ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0140 Lott Family Collection

Scope and Content Notes 

Call Number

HMSS 0140

Collection

Lott Family Collection

Date range 1925-1977
Quantity

0.09 m (1 manuscript box)

Access Conditions open
Copying Conditions with attribution
Related Collections

Leslie Francis McLean Lott, born 25 August 1892, was wounded at Gallipoli, and came to Canberra in 1925 as a carpenter and joiner. He inspected and repaired all the furniture coming into the Public Service offices. Later he controlled all the cleaning staff of all the government offices, and then the night watchmen of all the government buildings. He was subsequently the Custodian of all government buildings until his death on 8 July 1951.

As a valued employee at Parliament House, Les (and his wife Olive) was invited to significant official functions, especially the opening of the House in 1927 and associated functions, and visits by Royalty in the years that followed. After Leslie’s death, Olive continued to receive official invitations.

Les was a keen sportsman, a member of Canberra, Canberra City and Canberra South bowling clubs, Canberra Lifesaving Club and a Rugby League coach and referee. Olive played bridge. Both played tennis, and were prominent in the social life of the capital. They had a son Bryan, who married Pearl Mary Jane Mackintosh, and a daughter Leslee.

Box List

Box No.

Description

Size (cm)

Date Range

1

Photographs

Speaker’s Chair, House of Representatives, Parliament House; photograph mounted on card

17 x 24.5

Ca 1927

1

Photographs

Federal Rovers United Rugby League Football Club, Canberra: standing: G. Torpey, M. Goggins (vice captain), J. Feilds (vice president), L. Lott (coach), R. Kiely (trainer), W. Murphy (president), A. Roberts (vice president), F. Maher, B. Beaumont; second row: R. Sheppeard, H. Bladen, L. Bethell (captain), L. Clarke, G. Cook; front row: J. Hammond, W. Curran, B. Hawke, T. Forbutt; cups: Howell Cup, Gay Cup, Taxi Cup

30.5 x 25.5

1925

1

Photographs

Prime Minister Ben Chifley greeting the British Columbia Lawn Bowling Team (digitised copy at ImagesACT 005923, Canberra Times Collection)

20.5 x 15

Ca 1950

1

Photographs

Pearl Mary Jane Mackintosh, later Pearl Lott, curtseying to Mrs Patti Menzies at her debut; Matron Bennett centre. Pearl had just arrived from Scotland and was asked by Sister Sylvia Curley to make her debut, but she lacked the money for a dress. Sister Curley bought the material and the dress was made by two of the physiotherapists at the Canberra Community Hospital

15.5 x 20.5

27 July 1951

1

Photographs

3 views of Parliament House under construction

10 x 7

Ca 1926

1

Photographs

Telopea School

10 x 7

1925

1

Photographs

Mount Ainslie from near the site of Parliament House; buildings in Civic in middle ground

10 x 7

Ca 1926

1

Photographs

Hotel Canberra

10 x 7

Ca 1926

1

Photographs

Building Trades Mess, Capital Hill

10 x 7

Ca 1926

1

Photographs

Hotel Canberra, rear view from near the Albert Hall, with the garages at right

10 x 7

Ca 1927

1

Photographs

2 views of tourer car, licence number NSW 27-291, crossing a bridge; probably owned by Leslie Lott

11.3 x 7

Ca 1930

1

Photographs

Band marching past at the official opening of Federal Parliament House

10 x 7

9 May 1927

1

Photographs

Postcard of the entrance of Canberra Community Hospital; Murray Views no. 3

13.5 x 8.5

1950s

1

Identity Cards

World War 2 identity card issued to Olive Frances May Lott, Furneaux Street, Forrest

8 April 1942

1

Identity Cards

Special Commonwealth Peace Officer identity card issued to Leslie Francis McLean Lott

25 August 1939

1

Official Invitations

To commemorate the establishment at Canberra of the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, May 9th 1927 (opening of Parliament)

9 May 1927

1

Official Invitations

Invitation to view the ceremonies connected with the establishment of the Seat of Government at Canberra. 9th May 1927; 1 invitation each for Mr and Mrs L. Lott

9 May 1927

1

Official Invitations

Ministers of State for the Commonwealth invite Mr L. Lott and Mrs Lott to a reception in honour of the Overseas Representatives attending the Canberra Ceremonies, Parliament House, Canberra, Monday, 9th May, 1927

9 May 1927

1

Official Invitations

President and Committee of the Canberra Youths’ Welfare Association requests the pleasure of the company of Mr and Mrs L. Lott at the Annual Ball to be held at the Hotel Canberra

12 October 1936

1

Official Invitations

Governor-General and Lady Gowrie invite Mr and Mrs L. Lott to an afternoon party at Government House

12  December 1936

1

Official Invitations

Ministers of State of the Commonwealth request the pleasure of the company of Mr and Mrs. L. F. M. Lott at luncheon, to meet visiting bowling teams

3 February 1938

1

Official Invitations

To have the honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh the Governor-General and Lady Slim request the pleasure of the company of Mrs O. Lott at a garden party

17 February 1954

1

Official Invitations

To have the honour of meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the Governor-General and lady Slim request the pleasure of the company of Mrs O. Lott at a garden party

26 February 1958

1

Official Invitations

Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh will be present. The Governor-General requests the pleasure of the company of Mrs O. Lott at a garden party

13 March 1963

1

Official Invitations

Her Royal Highness Princess marina, Duchess of Kent will be present. The Governor-General requests the pleasure of the company of Mrs O. Lott at a garden party

28 September 1964

1

Official Invitations

The Honourable the President of the Senate and the Honourable the Speaker of the House of Representatives have pleasure in inviting Mrs L. Lott to be present at a reception at parliament House, Canberra to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Parliament House

5 May 1977

1

Official Programs

In celebration of the Coronation of Their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

May 1937

1

Official Programs

The form of service for the opening and dedication of the Church of St Paul, Canberra South, by the Lord Bishop of Goulburn

6 August 1939

1

Memorabilia

5 Christmas cards from Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and Dame Enid Lyons

1934/1935 – 1938/1939

1

Memorabilia

Enamelled metal plaque number 27, probably from their gatepost at 27 Furneaux Street, Forrest

1930s