A significant component of the Parliament House Art Collection is the Gifts Collection. The Gifts Collection includes gifts to the Australian Parliament from:
- other nations;
- Australian States and Territories, and
- national organisations.
The Gifts Collection dates back to Federation, with many older objects transferred from Old Parliament House. Some of the gifts were presented to commemorate Australia’s Bicentenary, and the opening of Parliament House, in 1988. Other gifts have been presented to mark a particular event, or to signify a relationship between nations. Gifts are displayed throughout the building and in the courtyards and gardens outside, including the Queen Victoria Writing Table, the Coats of Arms, and the Chinese lions. You can find out more about these below. Some smaller gifts are on public display in cabinets near the theatre on the first floor of Parliament House.