From the Oral History collection: David Muir
David Muir was born in 1928 and grew up in Canberra. He was a carpenter and joiner in the provisional Parliament House in 1950 and 1954 when he worked on preparations for the Queen’s Visit and made a special foot stool for her—so her legs wouldn’t dangle from the Vice Regal Chair.
In this excerpt from an oral history interview, Mr Muir recalls how he built the foot stool and how, years later around 1989, the stool could not be found anywhere in the building. The happy ending to the anecdote is that in December 2013 Collections Management staff located the object in a store room under the House of Representatives Chamber following the interview and Mr Muir returned to inspect his work. The “Jack” he refers to at the start of the excerpt is Jack Jenkins, his supervisor at the time.
David Muir was recorded for the Oral History Program by Barry York in 2013. The full interview is not currently available online but is available upon request at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Please contact the museum prior to your visit and quote the reference number OHI 429.