Tag Archives: Canberra

ACT coat of arms in Canberran hands


In a ceremony at Canberra Theatre today, the ACT coat of arms was handed over from the federal government to the ACT. The handover was a culmination of many years work, and is somewhat of a fitting birthday present to our Capital.
Representatives from both sides of the Government as well as several of Canberra’s cultural [...]

How to pronounce Canberra


Just in case you’ve been doing it wrong all these years.

Paris to Monaro: Pleasures from the studio of Hilda Rix Nicholas @ The Portrait Gallery

By 24 May 2013

[ 31 May 2013 to 11 August 2013. ] As part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery will honour the life and work of Hilda Rix Nicholas.

Autumn evening’s golden glow c. 1942 by Hilda Rix Nicholas, oil on canvas, Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art, PerthNicholas, born in Ballarat in 1884, travelled widely overseas between 1907 and 1926 and achieved considerable success [...]

Melbourne is getting its own domain name .melbourne [WITH POLL]

By 13 May 2013

Melbourne is getting its own domain name reports The Age.
If the future if you want to make sure your browser is taking you to Melbourne based websites you’ll be able to check the URL to see if there’s a little .melbounre at the end.
It seems a little long for me, why not a .mlbn?
The global [...]

Some electorate tweaking coming post election

By 6 May 2013

The ABC’s Antony Green has a piece on electoral boundaries and redistributions, it seems those living on the Canberra/Fraser border could be in from some adjustment:
The ACT’s boundaries were gazetted in December 2005, so a redistribution fell due at the end of 2012. As the House of Representatives was due to expire within twelve months [...]

Downer in Decay


I took a ride up to Downer Shops on the weekend … and took some photos … the shop side is truly derelict.

One of my first group houses in the early 90′s was a weatherboard affair in Durack Street (which incidentally was the coldest house I’ve ever lived in) and Downer Shops was my local. [...]

Canberra is like that Silent Hill movie

By 15 April 2013

Nerom Eneas has found the heart of Canberra, which is apparently out the back of the Canberra Centre in Braddon, and is amused to find it empty.
Now come on guys, this is embarrassing. Where were we all that night? Why weren’t any of us hanging out at an intersection behind the mall at 11pm on [...]

Is it Andrew Leigh’s turn in Cabinet?

By 23 March 2013

Prime Minister Julia Gillard at Rooty Hill, NSW (Photo: Wikipedia)
PM Julia Gillard has some pretty big holes to fill in her front bench after this week’s #nospill. And it probably isn’t just the ACT printers who are relishing the opportunities this presents.
With so many long-standing names names jumping before they are pushed, and probably a [...]

Enlighten Music video, Order of the Golden Cardigan

By 18 March 2013

Order of the Golden Cardigan in conjunction with Grand Wazoo Production present Enlighten.
Chilled modular synthesziser music with psychadelic video taken from the 2013 Canberra Enlighten festival.

Canberra Day celebrations 100 years in the making [updated with your photos]


I arrived way too early to Canberra’s birthday. I got there at 10 in the morning. I was that guest who arrives early to a party and sits around awkwardly while you keep setting up.
It was a beautiful morning and I had fun watching the many volunteers running around assembling things at high speeds. [...]

The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation – Helping those who help our kids

By 19 February 2013

Every year around 650 babies are admitted to the Neonatal Unit at the Canberra Hospital, beginning their life by fighting for it.
Over 150 of these babies will require assistance simply to breathe, using ventilation equipment not available elsewhere. Some of these babies are born extremely premature and weigh in at only 500 grams; some are [...]

Canberra, paved with gold and awash with cocaine

By 26 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Myles Peterson (ex of the Canberra Times, sacked by the Pirate Party from his unpaid media role) has popped up in the Daily Telegraph fuelling every ignorant bogan’s wildest stereotype of Canberra.
Cashing in on the torrents of taxpayer cash flowing on to Canberra’s gold-paved streets, local retailers and supermarkets charge prices found only in [...]

Canberra in all its 3 dimensional glory

By 14 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

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In case you haven’t seen you can now see 3d Canberra buildings and terrain in Google Earth.
That’s right, the next level of peering over your neighbours fence can now be done in all its 3D glory.

Paul Daley to explain his book “Canberra” at Paperchain

By 27 November 2012

[ 5 December 2012 at 6:00 pm; ]

This in from Paperchain:

Please join us to hear Paul Daley, author of Canberra, in conversation with journalist Chris Hammer.

An implicit sense of public service and ‘otherness’ has now come to permeate Canberra’s identity to a point that there is a great smugness, arrogance even, that the rest of Australia can hate us – [...]

Book launch: Canberra by Paul Daley

By 21 October 2012

Paul Daley will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on Daley’s new book, Canberra, part of the critically acclaimed City Series.
“Canberra is a city of orphans. People arrive temporarily for work, but stay on because they discover unanticipated promise and opportunity in a city that the rest of the country loathes but can’t really do without,” says [...]

Examples of Canberra in prose, verse or song?

By 18 October 2012

With the centenary fast approaching, the hive mind might care to ruminate on the finest examples of this ruined sheep station as depicted in prose, verse or song.  What should be on the centenary committee’s bookshelves or playlists next year?
i’m not after works by canberrans, but about canberra.  anyone?
a contemporary song that pops into my [...]


By 9 October 2012

PHOTOWALK Canberra was on Sunday 30th and we had a fabulous turnout (60+).
The next PHOTOWALK is in February and you can access all information about the next walk when it is updated on
To have a look at images from the PHOTOWALK we had on the 30th September at the Australian National Botanic Gardens please [...]

Australian Botanical Gardens PhotoWalk

By 4 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hey guys,
On Sunday I, along with many others, attended the PhotoWalk held at the botanic gardens.
Was an excellent afternoon out, and plenty of wildlife on display, including a water dragon and brown snake, plus the usual stack of kangaroos, including a few very large males and some females with joeys in pouches.
I took about 50 [...]

Top Ten Tips for Spring Sellers

By 10 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Allhomes has consulted three experienced real estate agents from around Canberra to get the hot tips for Spring sellers, ranging from where to invest your money on renovations through to how best to present your home for inspections without spending a cent.

ACT Performers Wanted

By 14 August 2012

Are you a Canberra performer looking for a chance to showcase your talent? Then Mondayitis Cabaret wants to hear from you.

Wee Jasper is on show 17-19 August

By 13 August 2012

[ 17 August 2012 to 19 August 2012. ] Wee Jasper Naturally is on 17-19 August 2012. A great chance to see what this beautiful village has to offer, above and below ground.

Tidbinbilla will be the hub of space exploration on Monday

By 5 August 2012

[ 6 August 2012 at 6:00 am; ] At 3:31pm Monday, the NASA/CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre (aka Tidbinbilla Tracking Station) will play a pivotal role in the most important space mission going right now. The Mars Science Laboratory (nicknamed Curiosity) will land on Mars after a 7-minute crazy ride to slow it from a relative velocity of 12,844 km/hr. And all transmissions from [...]

Space viewing highlights for the next week

By 9 July 2012

Weather permitting, there are some good space viewing opportunities for Canberra people over the next week or so. Planets, stars, the International Space Station, and even a manned Soyuz launch to hunt out.
First, the beautiful morning conjunctions with Jupiter and the very bright Venus continue and even get better. For two weeks now these two [...]

Improvention 2012 – Festival of improvised comedy and theatre

By 19 June 2012

[ 30 June 2012 to 7 July 2012. ] Improvention is the largest festival of improvised comedy and theatre in Australia, and it happens right here in Canberra!

From Saturday 30 June through to Saturday 7 July, there will be festival shows on every night in numerous venues across Canberra. Performance program is available at:

Improvention 2012 opens with a Celebrity Gala on Saturday 30 [...]

CanMeme brings your favourite bits of the internet to a Canberra context


It’s just a Facebook page, but there’s some funny stuff over on CanMeme (Canberra Memes).
They’ve got 169 likes as of right now, let’s see what we can do.

A tale of two cities: Canberra vs Sydney

By 28 May 2012

I remember the very first time I saw Sydney. I can remember the exact words out of my mouth: Now this is a city I can like. I loved moving there a few years later, spending my formative youth on Sydney’s beaches and in its clubs. Of all the teenagers on the planet at that [...]

Stolen Car – Tues 8 May in Phillip

By 9 May 2012

Blue Nissan 200sx stolen from an apartment block in Phillip between 9.50pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday 8 May 2012.
Car is currently unregistered but did have ACT number plates on it.
If anyone has any information that may assist in recovering the car please call the police or reply to this thread.

Free brainfood talk: Big Bang by Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith

By 4 May 2012

Space geeks should check out this free talk next Tuesday from 6pm at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is CSIRO’s Project Scientist on Australia’s bid to win the giant Square Kilometre Array project. This is a massive project of some 3000 radio astronomy dishes and arrays with a total surface area of (you guessed [...]

Why I love Canberra in Autumn


Oh OK … it’s Autumn and all the leaves are coloured and the air’s turning crisp and photographers are out taking pictures – as they do. I thought I’d share this one because the way the light has literally ‘infused’ the leaves and brought out some spectacluar colours. Canberra expresses it’s seasons so emphatically. I [...]

End of an Era

By 1 May 2012

So, the Lyneham servo finally closed it’s doors on the weekend.
The bike shop left months ago.
Soon the place will dug up and (presumably) the ground detoxed to make way for some more units … can’t be too many of these suburban servos left.
I remember the ones in Watson, Ainslie (& the mad [...]

Botanic Gardens AfterDARK – a preview


On Saturday evening I went along with the family to a special members event at the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG). The rainforest gully walk has been kitted out with low wattage LED lighting funded by the ‘Friends of the Botanic Gardens’ and Saturday night was the first time they were showing it off. There [...]

An experience of Canberra’s Mental Health service from the consumer’s point of view.

By 24 April 2012

Well with my life seriously sucking right now I went to ask for help. Over the past 6 months I’ve fronted up at the hospital to ask for mental health help. Each time I’ve been interviewed, assessed, asked lots of questions, and sent home then not called back again till weeks later. This time I [...]

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