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OPH, Lyneham our #democracysausage picks

The sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House. Photo: Siobhan Heanue/ABC

Demand was so high for democracy sausages on election day that some Canberra supermarkets ran out of snags altogether, leaving sizzle organisers scouring shopping centres to replenish their stocks and meet the relentless election day demand.

According to Twitter, Australians published one tweet per second featuring the hashtag #sausagedemocracy on Saturday. The #snagvotes and #sausagedemocracy phenomenon [...]

Discover Canberra’s newest sweet spot, Terrace Cafe

making dough at Terrace Cafe Canberra

If it’s been a while since your last visit to Old Parliament House, here’s a good reason to add it to your to-do list.
Old Parliament House’s Terrace Café is now open for business. Serving handmade breakfast dishes, pastries and savoury meals, the café is the ideal location for sharing a sweet treat or sipping a [...]

Where is the King of Swing? Canberräng 2015 Dance Festival

By 13 July 2015

[ 31 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; 1 August 2015 at 11:00 am; 1 August 2015 at 7:30 pm; 2 August 2015 at 11:00 am; ]

Canberräng, the capital city’s annual festival of swing dancing, is returning bigger and better than ever in 2015 – more bands, more dancing and more excitement!

Over four nights from 30 July to 2 August, Canberräng attracts dancers from across Australia and abroad. Along with social swing dancing, Canberräng features local and interstate musicians, performances, balls and more, [...]

Man and dog attack at Old Parliament House

By 23 January 2014

A 40-year-old Parkes man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 71-year-old man on the front lawns of Old Parliament house yesterday (Wednesday 22 January).
Around 10.40am, police were called to the location after receiving reports of two men fighting, with one man striking the other with a large stick.
Police arrived at the scene to find [...]

Sunday Sessions at Old Parliament House

By 2 January 2014

[ 5 January 2014; 12 January 2014; 19 January 2014; 26 January 2014; ] This just in which may be of interest to you:

This summer, there’s never been a better time to visit Old Parliament House.

What: Sunday afternoon music and free caricatures at Old Parliament House, every Sunday in January
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
When: From 12.30pm, Sunday 5, 12, 19 and [...]

Friday night drinks returning to Old Parliament House

By 2 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As the Barton set look to drown their sorrows or celebrate that they still have their health it’s good to hear that Friday drinks are coming back to Old Parliament House.
Raise a flute of sparkling, a glass of great wine or a well mixed cocktail to the re-opening of the long standing Friday night drinks [...]

Insurgence @ Museum of Australian Democracy

By 23 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is currently hosting an exhibition exploring arts as a platform for revolutionary politics.
The exhibition features the work of Vernon Ah Kee, Gordon Hookey, Jennifer Herd, Laurie Nilsen, Megan Cope, Tony Albert and Richard Bell—artists from the proppaNOW collective, along with former proppaNOW member Andrea Fisher.
proppaNOW is [...]

Centenary of Canberra Rally heads to Old Parliament House

By 8 October 2013

The Centenary of Canberra Rally doesn’t appear to be a race, which is a shame.
A procession of cars will be driving at reasonable speeds from Jervis Bay to Old Parliament House, and probably none of them will be going sidewards at any point.
Disappointing Canberra.
That being said if looking at old cars is you thing, you [...]

In Canberra Tonight Election Special at Old Parliament House

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 3 September 2013 at 7:30 pm; ]

Don’t worry guys, In Canberra Tonight will fix everything:

STOP THE PRESS. Because it’s all gone too far. The election is annoying and awful.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Variety show, ‘In Canberra Tonight’, is taking over
Old Parliament House from 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 September,
to try to have the election conversations we all really want to [...]

The People’s Parliament at Old Parliament House

By 9 August 2013

[ 15 August 2013 at 8:00 am; ] The ABC is running a People’s Parliament from the floor of the Old House of Representatives next Thursday.

The Mornings program is convening the People’s Parliament, a chance for you to voice your opinions on what will get your vote on September 7th.
On Thursday 15th August, Genevieve Jacobs will host the People’s Parliament in the House [...]

New catering at Old Parliament House

By 11 July 2013

We’ve hard word in that Old Parliament House is changing the guard on their salubrious restaurant arrangements:
Restaurant Associates – boutique caterer at some of Australia’s most renowned venues – is partnering with the iconic Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House to make the venue a culinary destination on the Canberra landscape.
The new partnership, [...]

Parliament House is 25 years and one day old, here’s a video

By 6 May 2013

To celebrate the house in the hill’s 25th birthday, a video about Parliament House that is exactly as interesting as Parliament House has been released.
They won’t let me embed it, so here’s a link.

Behind the Lines, political cartoons at the Museum of Australian Democracy

By 20 February 2013

[ 20 February 2013 to 31 October 2013. ]

This looks like a good use of a Sunday Morning:

As the saying goes, a year is a long time in politics!

Behind the Lines 2012 looks back on the highs and lows of the political year through the eyes of Australia’s best cartoonists. Their observations of the personalities, parties and political power-plays are insightful, amusing [...]

No date, no car. No Problem

By 7 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

An Exercising Passerby has sent this in:
A group of 5 young men queue to make their appearance at their Year 12 formal ….
Very Eco-friendly on their scooters!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

More Mildenhall merges

By 21 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Following on from his initial success OzHair has taken a further crack at the Mildenhall collection.

Can you help the Museum of Australian Democracy with this t-shirt?

By 7 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The very serious looking Campbell Rhodes at the Museum of Australian Democracy is trying to track down those responsible for the above t-shirt which was worn by guests at an Old Parliament House wedding in 2010.
The shirt was created for a wedding; all guests at the ceremony, held in the Old Parliament House gardens, were [...]

Old Parliament House Rose Garden Valentines Day Soiree

By 22 January 2012

[ 12 February 2012 at 4:00 pm; ] The Friends of Old Parliament House Rose Gardens are hosting a function to kick off a romantic start to 2012.

On the evening of Sunday 12th February starting at 4pm – 6pm we are hosting a St Valentine’s Day garden party in the Old Parliament House Rose Gardens (On the east side of Old Parliment House, King [...]

MRA Annual Toy Run

By 11 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Yesterday I headed on over to Old Parliament House for the annual Motorcycle Riders Association ACT Toy Run along with about a 1,000 other riders.
What an incredible day.
There are going to be some really happy kids these holidays thanks to the generosity of riders throughout the ACT.
From what I hear there was [...]

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 [...]

OPH Rose Gardens Mother’s Day Lunch

By 29 April 2011

[ 8 May 2011 at 12:00 pm; ] A little short notice but The Friends of the Old Parliament House Rose Gardens are holding a fund-raising lunch on Mother’s Day. If you (or your mum!) enjoy roses or just want to come along and have some scrummy food from the Lobby Restaurant and share a glass of wine with some friends please think about [...]

Symposium of Australian Gastronomy


[ 13 May 2011 to 16 May 2011. ]

Here’s one for you foodies:

Bookings are now open for the 18th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy which will be held at Old Parliament House, Canberra, from Friday 13 to Monday 16 May 2011. You can register now at

The theme for the symposium is The Federation of Taste which aims to explore the implications of governance [...]

Old Parliament House (OPH) Rose Garden is looking amazing!

By 18 November 2010

On my way to work I often walk through the OPH Rose Gardens and I have to say with all the recent rain we have been having the gardens are looking spectacular.
I am in no way a flower person but even I can appreciate the strong perfume and sea of colour that is on display. [...]

As if it was never there…

By 12 June 2009

Holden Caulfield has sent in a photo taken this morning.
Something appears to have gone missing in the cold and the fog…

Images of Canberra – The Suffrage Gardens

By 30 May 2009

[First filed: May 29, 2009 @ 10:19]

Red_dog has sent in what I imagine will surprise many to learn is a local scene. It came with this note:
Attached is a A long exposure of the Centenary of Australian women’s suffrage commemorative artwork and fountain. It’s one of those many hidden gems that Canberra has to offer. [...]

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