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100 years of Fire and Rescue in Canberra

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ATS T. has added this great look back at the history of the ACT’s fire services to YouTube.
Sadly without any other text or attribution.
Some great nostalgia there and haven’t they come a long way?

Canberra Tracks. One site to rule them all

By 26 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced a new website to keep tabs on all the tracks:
The Canberra Tracks network of heritage signage has come of age with a brand new interactive website giving full access to the intriguing stories of numerous sites across the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
“Until [...]

Indigenous culture tours around Canberra

By 4 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are getting word out on a pretty special way to find out about Canberra’s deep history:
Canberrans and visitors alike have the unique opportunity to experience local Aboriginalhistory and culture in the Murumbung Yurung Murra cultural tours which are led by Aboriginal rangers in the parks and reserves that surround the ACT.
“Canberra’s cultural heritage [...]

Mount Franklin Chalet turning 75

By 1 November 2013

TAMS are breaking out the bubbly for the Mount Franklin Chalet:
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service and the Canberra Alpine Club (CAC) invite you to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of Mount Franklin Chalet this Sunday 3 November 2013 between 11 am and 2 pm.
“In 1938, the Mount Franklin Chalet was opened [...]

ACAT spanks the Heritage Council

By 21 September 2013

The ABC has a report on the ACT Heritage Council getting a right old kicking from ACAT over the heritage listing of St Patricks Church in Braddon.
ACAT found the evidence did not satisfy any of the requirements for heritage listing.
The tribunal was also highly critical of the Heritage Council, finding their work contained factual errors [...]

Happy Birthday LBG

By 20 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The NCA has tweeted that today is the 50th anniversary of the closing of Scrivener Dam, forming Lake Burley Griffin:
50 years ago today, Minister for Interior Gordon Freeth closed the valves on Scrivener Dam to form #LakeBurleyGriffin
— NCA (@nca_media) September 20, 2013

Which is as good a reason as any to cast our minds back [...]

Eastlake celebrating their history


The Eastlake Football Club are sharing their long history:
AFL Canberra Hall of Fame member Keith Miller today launched the book “Kick It Long”, which details the rich history of the Eastlake Football Club.
Miller’s book explores the history of Canberra’s oldest Australian Rules Football club, which was founded in 1926, as well as that of Manuka [...]

Andrew Tink on the Air Disaster at Paperchain

By 11 July 2013

[ 23 July 2013 at 5:45 pm; ] This just in:

Please join us to hear Andrew Tink speak about Air Disaster Canberra: The plane crash that destroyed a government.

Tuesday July 23
5.45 for 6.00pm

Telephone 6295 6723 or

1940. Wartime Australia. Key members of Menzies’ government die in a fiery plane crash. What went wrong and what happened next? [...]

Then and Now. Brand Street Hughes

By 2 July 2013

Historygeek’s then and now series concludes today with Brand Street in Hughes.
Here’s the story so far.
Have you got images of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email them in to .

100 years of ACT Policing celebrated in book form

By 28 June 2013

Many of the most memorable and dramatic police incidents in the history of the territory, from the tragedy of the 1997 hospital implosion and the 2003 bushfires to the 1993 siege at the Jolimont Centre, have been encapsulated in a new, hard-bound publication which celebrates 100 years of policing in the Territory.
This afternoon (Friday, June [...]

Then and now. Olims


Historygeek’s then and now series rolls on. Today we’re looking at Olims on Ainslie Avenue.
More coming soon.
Here’s the story so far.

Canberra history snapshots. Cranleigh


jgm64productions has shared this informative piece to YouTube:
Author JG Montgomery goes for a wander through the little known Cranleigh site in Latham, ACT, once the home of a significant Australian military figure.

UPDATE: Rawhide Kid No 3 sent this in:
Cranleigh, the home of General Legge that once stood in present day Belconnen. The wooden supports [...]

Westpac in Canberra history


Following yesterday’s Then and Now featuring the Commonwealth Bank; Westpac have been in touch with their own historic photos to remind you of their enduring presence in the region.
It seemed only fair to give them a run.
And so we have:
1) The first Westpac (then known as Bank of NSW) branch in Kingston, 1926

2) City branch, [...]

Now and Then. Lennox Crossing


As part of the series of photographs Historygeek has sent in; today we give you Lennox Crossing.
More next week!

Then and Now. The Sydney Building


Pressing on with the Then and Now shots Historygeek has prepped up for us.
Today we have the Sydney Building.
More tomorrow!

Then and Now. Northbourne Avenue

By 11 June 2013

Historygeek has sent us a series of pictures we’re going to drip feed daily for the next week or so.
Today we have Northbourne Avenue.

“Short words of emphasis not suitable for a family newspaper”. Wikileaks on Canberra in the 70s

By 9 April 2013

The Age has a lengthy and intriguing analysis of US diplomatic cables from the 1970′s made searchable by the Wikileaks team.
If you watched Canberra Confidential there are whole new worlds of dodginess on display here.

Canberra at Street Level. A review

By 25 March 2013

Canberra at Street Level is an exhibition of BMA Magazine’s 21 year history at the Gorman House Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
I was lured along by the promise of free grog, which there was in such abundance that I can make no complaint.
For anyone who was going out in Canberra in the 90′s it’s a fun [...]

Canberra Confidential. A review


Canberra Confidential screened on the ABC tonight and you can watch it via that link or soon enough on iview.
For the purposes of disclosure I should note I got a Burmese curry out of it to share my ideas on stories they could include, and I was invited to a preview screening at the National [...]

Naming the Capital. NFSA restored archival footage


The National Film and Sound Archive has added this to YouTube:
Directed by Raymond Longford and filmed by Ernest Higgins, this film captures the formal naming of Canberra, on 12 March 1913. It has been digitally restored by the NFSA as part of the celebrations for the Centenary of Canberra.
The music was devised and [...]

Where the birds don’t fly, back in the day


A reader has sent in this remarkable shot from the Canberra of yesteryear.
Anyone want to have a crack at placing it in time and space?
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

National Archives release a splendid vision

By 7 March 2013

This International Woman’s Day our friends at the National Archives are republishing a tribute to the works of Marion Mahony Griffin.
The new edition of A Vision Splendid: How the Griffins imagined Australia’s capital includes a fully
illustrated set of Marion’s artworks for the Federal Capital Design Competition and has been
republished to meet popular demand. The book [...]

But Once in a History at Parliament House. The Canberra origin story…

By 10 January 2013

[ 14 January 2013 to 3 April 2013. ] The Centenary team are letting people know about the foundation treasures of the city which are going on display at Parliament House:

Centenary of Canberra History and Heritage Advisor Dr David Headon today unveiled some of the treasures related to Canberra’s 1913 foundation stones and naming ceremonies.

Dr Headon acquired the items on loan from the [...]

Tharwa cemetery gets a spruce up

By 9 November 2012

Territory and Municipal Services are letting it be known they’re hard at work on the heritage-listed De Salis Cemetery located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Tharwa.
“The De Salis Cemetery is a rare example of a 19th century pastoral station cemetery. It is of unique construction, comprising a raised circular terrace with walls [...]

The pace of progress on Mort Street

By 5 October 2012

Meanwhile over on Facebook CanMeme’s had this to say:
The top pic was taken by WJ Mildenhall in the late 1920s in almost exactly the same spot as my pic taken during my lunch break today.

2012′s most at risk heritage places in the ACT

By 2 August 2012

The ACT National Trust has announced their most concerning regions of heritage concern this year:
· Canberra’s Residential Housing Precincts
· ACT Supreme Court
· Lake Burley Griffin West Basin
· [...]

Woden from the air while under construction


Thanks to google, I stumbled across this aerial shot of Canberra. The image was part of an article written by a German architect, with an interesting outside view of Canberra’s development.
Looking west from somewhere over Red Hill, I guess the shot was taken in the mid to late 70s. Woden is still half a paddock, [...]

Housewives may shop in a leisurely way without rush [Historic Video]


This video came my way today thanks to the NFSA twitter account.
The voiceover is filled with gems of a bygone era, as is the title of this thread attests. Produced before Lake Burley Griffin came to be I thought the references to locations to the north or south of the Molonglo River was rather quaint.
The [...]

How did Canberra form?

By 6 July 2012

Hey guys,
Is there a list of how Canberra formed? Which suburbs came first, when they started to be lived in, all that kind of stuff?
When did Gunghalin come into being? I thought it was early 1990′s, but I just saw a picture of a bus that said Gunghalin on it, apparently from 1985…
So what were [...]

Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House by Rob Chalmers

By 22 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Rob Chalmers died in July during my time in the Press Gallery he was a reassuring presence. He provided a sense of continuity, the same face in all the historic photos on the walls still stalking the corridors muttering that young journos didn’t know who Menzies was (or, if they did, they hadn’t met Menzies [...]

1850s “Underbelly” for Canberra’s Grave yard nuts.

By 21 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Samuel Shumack’s autobiography written in the late twenties and first published in 1967, gives us an account of rural living in the Canberra district before federation. It offers detailed accounts of his recollections and conversations with other locals. There are a lot of tales about crimes, how people died and where they are buried. [...]

Boilermaker Bill McKell installed as GG in 1947. Canberra history video

By 15 September 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

We love old video of Canberra. Today we’ve come across the swearing in of Sir William John McKell GCMG as the 12th Governor-General of Australia.
Sadly we’re not aware of any footage of his investiture as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George by King George VI, the only time [...]

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