The achillies heel of the Fairfax conglomerate, The Sydney Morning Herald is all hugs and kisses about the The Parliament House turning twenty this Friday.
That got me thinking about my early memories of the place. I can remember wandering around the House on the Hill as it was created watching fat tradies in far too little clothes play with ever so large machines cutting concrete or watching my mates and I throw stuff at the other workers. In fact, that description sounds alot like how it was when i actually worked there, instead I was throwing poo at the citizens of Australia on behalf of various drunken Members of Parliament.
So dear readers what was your earliest memory of the House, and what do you want to see happen to it in its next 20 years. I have always thought that as they have now stopped people wandering up the top of it, they could always plant a bunch of daffodil bulbs in the grass slopes making it look just that little bit more inviting around this time of year. Your thoughts?
[Ed. We also got the following in from Holden Caufield]
This Friday (9 May) marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Parliament House, and subsequently will be 107 years since Australia’s Parliament first sat (IIRC). This Saturday there will be a Parliament House Open Day for ‘working families’ and everyone else to enjoy. I’ll be going along for a gander as I’ve only ever seen what is open to the public. I’ve had a couple of stints at living in the Canberra region and the the gap in the middle was largely when Parliament House was getting built. There was a great thread on here last year where people shared their memories of various government buildings around the city, it would be great if people could again share their memories and experiences of Parliament House during and after construction.
In the meantime information on the Open Day can be found on the aph.gov.au website.