Tag Archives: Canberra 100

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

So that was your Centenary

By 11 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is calling it quits on the Centenary, perhaps unable to muster any enthusiasm for the last weeks of the year:
Following more than 1000 community events ranging from a major fireworks display on the ‘very big day’ in March to the parties at the shops across Canberra, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are coming to [...]

Anyone feel they got their $31.6 million dollars worth?

By 1 November 2013

The Centenary’s almost over, does anyone feel they got their $31.6 million dollars worth?
Has there been a ‘a lasting impact on the community’?
‘Ms Archer said she was conscious of using the $31.6 million centenary budget to put on events throughout the year that could have a lasting impact on the community.’ Canberra Times [...]

A century of the PS Canberra


P.S. Canberra sounds like something an intense young woman would use as a blog name.
But it turns out the Paddle Steamer Canberra is also turning 100 this year.
The Centenary Team are sharing the news:
The Centenary of Canberra Executive Director, Jeremy Lasek, today congratulated PS Canberra on sharing its 100th birthday with the nation’s capital.
The vessel [...]

Centenary trail underway

By 26 June 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher and Mayor Rattenbury have announced the works underway on the Centenary Trail.
Work has commenced on the construction of Canberra’s Centenary Trail – a 150 kilometre self-guided trail for walkers and touring cyclists, announced Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“The much anticipated Centenary Trail aims [...]

Skywhale by night, and in Hobart


The Centenary team have sent in some pictures from the Skywhale’s outing in Tasmania for the Dark Mofo Festival:
Crowds braved the Hobart cold to watch The Skywhale alongside the Ryoji Ikeda light installation ‘Spectra’. Photos courtesy of Peter Hennessey.

Meanwhile social media is all a twitter with the terrifying trend of Skywhale hats debuted into [...]

Centenary driven tourism boom?

By 17 June 2013

Andrew Barr is very excited by booming tourism numbers:
The number of people visiting the ACT for a holiday increased by 50 per cent in the March quarter of this year, coinciding with a big program of events in Canberra’s Centenary.
And in the year ending March 2013, domestic overnight visitors contributed $1.18 billion to the [...]

Centenary babies get their gong


Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the presentation of medallions to the 21 Canberra babies born on the Centenary day:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today congratulated 21 Canberra babies and their parents and presented them special centenary medallion to recognise that they were born on Canberra’s 100th birthday.
“In our centenary year we are recognising many Canberrans [...]



[ 1 June 2013 11:00 am to 2 June 2013 3:00 pm. ]

Kites will fill the skies on Saturday 1 June at Belconnen Arts Centre’s Wind Air Water Centenary kites festival at Lake Ginninderra.

All ages will be entertained with kite making master-classes, face painting and watching the flying of dozens of community kites made by groups, businesses and organisations over the past six months.

Bring along your own [...]

Incredible, edible Centenary sugar art


[ 1 June 2013 at 10:00 am; ]

Bluebells, Correa Bells, Parliament House, Black Mountain Tower and even floral bouquets – all made entirely out of sugar – will be on display on Saturday 1 June at a Centenary celebration of all things cake.

The ACT Cake Decorators Association will host the Canberra Centennial Open Day at Weston Creek Community Centre. It will include [...]

Cancer research gets a Centenary Chair at ANU

By 26 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s chipped in $1.5 million to get the ANU to name a chair after the Centenary:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced funding in the 2013-14 Budget for the appointment of a Centenary Chair in Cancer Research based at the ANU John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). [...]

The Centenary weekly rundown: 24-26 may


[ 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. 24 May 2013 to 26 May 2013. ]

24 May
Symmetries – The Australian Ballet @ Canberra Theatre Centre (until 25 May)
Prime Time @ The Q – Queanbeyan Arts Centre, Queanbeyan (until 1 June)
Luke Chiswell Launches New Collection @ Hippo Bar, Garema Place, 5pm
Digest Curated By Scott Chaseling @ Canberra Glass Words (until 20 June)
Public Education Centenary Dinner @ National Press Club, 7pm-11:30pm
Veteran Women [...]

Centenary kites!

By 20 May 2013

[ 1 June 2013 at 11:00 am; ] All right thinking people agree kites are cool.

ArtsACT is giving notice of a kite flying day by Lake Ginninderra:

Kites will fill the skies on Saturday 1 June at Belconnen Arts Centre’s WIND AIR WATER – CENTENARY KITES at LAKE GINNINDERRA. Join Belconnen Arts Centre to celebrate the kites, colours and the cultures from around the [...]

Stirred, not shaken. Centini adds to the celebrations


The Centenary of Canberra has inspired a classic martini cocktail – and to localise it even more, it has a Northside and Southside twist.
The Centenary martini – the Centini – is the creation of Schmooze founder Phillip Jones, and has the enthusiastic backing of noted Martini lover Robyn Archer, the Centenary of Canberra’s Creative Director. [...]

It’s maybe for Skywhale Monday


The Centenary Team have let it be known that Skywhale might be slipping the surly bonds of earth tomorrow morning.
Or it might not depending on the weather which isn’t looking good.
Check the Centenary website from 5am for confirmation.
[Photo by Deref]

The rise of the Skywhale


We’ve had some photos in from this morning’s flight of the Skywhale over Canberra.
Hannah sent in the above with this:
The Skywhale launch this morning was really great. People were whooping and clapping as it took off, and Robyn Archer got us to “hip hip horray” it.
And Deref sent in a bunch:

Here’s the full slideshow:

Got some [...]

The true cost of Skywhale and do you want to pay it? [With poll]


The Liberals Jeremy Hanson is working up his outrage at the true cost of Skywhale.
In a Public Accounts Committee hearing today, it was revealed the true costs to the ACT for the Skywhale for the Centenary of Canberra will be $300,000. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson asked today why again it is only after questioning [...]

Raiders reveal their Centenary jersey


The Canberra Raiders have unveiled their Centenary of Canberra jersey.
The Canberra Raiders will be joining in on Canberra’s Centenary Celebrations, when they wear a special Centenary Jersey against the Broncos on June 10 (Monday) at Canberra Stadium.
The jersey was officially launched today at the top of the iconic Canberra landmark Telstra Tower, with Raiders [...]

Tara’s take on the Morris 100


Tara from In the Taratory has sent in these pictures of the weekend’s Morris 100 extravaganza.
Got images of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email them in to .
Here’s the slideshow:

VI100ACT, on the air…

By 11 April 2013

Southgate Amateur Radio News has a hamtastic report on a centenary call sign:
2013 is Canberra’s centenary year. To commemorate the event the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring the special event callsign VI100ACT, which will be active until the end of December.
Canberra is unique in Australia: and not because it is where we send [...]

Nobody “liked” your business? Never fear you can just lie about it

By 2 April 2013

After listing Canberra’s top 100 most “liked” things, Canberra Centenary have just produced a handy resource for companies and events that nobody likes.
You can now print out a poster provided by the centenary and claim you/your business/your band/your cat/your drug habit is the 101st favourite thing in Canberra, with all the authority of the centenary [...]

Happy Birthday and get thee to the Lake!

By 11 March 2013

Have you ever been in a city celebrating its 100th birthday before?
I know I haven’t.
So if you don’t have plans to get down to the lake to join in the fun you really need to take long hard look at yourself.
Yes you could sit alone in a dark room watching torture porn or shooting zombies.
Or [...]

Cavort and carouse with Paul McDermott for Canberra’s birthday bash


[ 9 March 2013 to 11 March 2013. ]

Paul McDermott is one proud ex-Canberran who isn’t afraid to do his bit to stick up for the city.

“I never think stereotypical criticism is a bad thing—it’s what comedians thrive on,” Paul said. “I find it all comical, almost like fighting fish in a tank, but I have exploited it over the years. Canberra cops [...]

ActewAGL putting on a BBQ for the Toast of Canberra

By 6 March 2013

[ 12 March 2013 at 11:00 am; ]

ActewAGL have sent out word that they’re putting on a do on City Walk for the exact birthday of Canberra on 12 March:

ActewAGL, Principal Partner of the Centenary of Canberra, invites Canberrans to join in raising a toast for Canberra’s birthday at a free barbecue outside the ActewAGL Assist store on City Walk in [...]

Portrait of a Nation

By 6 March 2013

As part of the Centenary, a site – – has been set up that includes a page for every suburb and street in Canberra.  It invites residents of Canberra, or relatives of those for who the suburb or street is named – to research the history of that person and submit it online.  You [...]

Stamps for the Centenary

By 5 March 2013

Stamps! Stamps for the Centenary!
The nation is celebrating 100 years since the birth of the national capital, Canberra, and Australia Post is marking this historic occasion with the release of one domestic base-rate (60c) stamp and one international-rate ($2.35) stamp.
Australia’s Parliament House and the National Portrait Gallery are featured on the stamps with [...]

Centenary vollies unveiled


With Canberra’s big day coming up on this Monday’s public holiday (11 March) the volunteers have been presented with their t-shirts at the Legislative Assembly.
Pictured are Jenni Regan, Claire Lewis and Tess Cole-Adams.
If anyone’s keen to volunteer it’s not too late. You should contact Centenary of Canberra volunteer coordinator Julie Sunley on 02 6207 6782 [...]

Free buses for Canberra Day

By 28 February 2013

The Centenary team are putting the word out that you can leave the car at home as you join in the lakeside festivities for Canberra’s big day:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that ACTION will operate all buses free of charge,and will provide additional services to help Canberrans travel on [...]

Time running out to vote for Charnwood in “Like Canberra”

By 25 February 2013

The Centenary folk are getting word out that after 120,000 Like Canberra votes your chance to get in the action runs out this Thursday:
The Like Canberra website has recorded more than 120,200 votes by more than 10,000 voters keen to ensure that their favourite Canberra place, activity or experience is included in the top 100 [...]

One hundred heifer hootenanny promised for Royal Canberra Show.

By 21 February 2013

This year’s Royal Canberra Show has taken on a centenary theme this year to take part in Canberra’s birthday celebrations.
To me the Canberra Show is all about eating fairy floss and buying a showbag full of ancient lollies and Phantom comics, but to some people it’s about seeing farm animals doing… farm animally things.
Well farm [...]

Parties at the Shops through March

By 18 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 1 March 2013 to 31 March 2013. ]

Facebook has word on a program of parties planned at local shops around Canberra in March for the centenary:

On 12 March 2013, Parties at the Shops events will be held all over Canberra to celebrate the city’s 100th birthday. Come and party with your neighbours!
We’re pretty sure that Canberra must be the only city in [...]

Get in quick for the Masters Games

By 12 February 2013

The Centenary of Canberra folk are making a last call for registrations for the Masters Games over Easter:
An open invitation has been issued to all masters athletes aged 30 and over to register for the landmark Australian Masters Athletics National Track and Field Championships, being held in Canberra over Easter.
The Championships are proudly supported by [...]

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