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A big day in the Cotter on Sunday

By johnboy - 28 April 2010 1

ACT boundary marker[Original ACT border marker]

Canberra 100 has two big events out in the Brindbellas this weekend.

The first is a tree planting day. Quite what the significance of planting trees in 2010 is to the centenary in 2013 eludes me but apparently it’s the vibe of the thing and many of you like working for free for the government.

It kicks off at 9 and runs to noon at which point picnicking is recommended.

(Oh, and The Cashews will be playing, anyone want to bet they won’t play Cotter River or Up In The Mountains?)

More easily fathomed is the Show Us Your Limits walk and talk.

May 1910 marked the start of the survey of the ACT’s borders, so for that centenary the Canberra Bushwalking Club and the National Museum’s Matthew Higgins are going up to have a look at what was involved:

Join National Museum historian Matthew Higgins for a brief talk on the history behind the border survey which commenced in May 1910. Following the talk CBC guides will take you on a short 2.7km walk to the summit of Mt Franklin (2.7km return, with a climb of 120m) to discover some original border markers left by Surveyor Harry Mouat nearly 100 years ago. Further markers will be viewed near the carpark and along Brindabella Rd on the return to Canberra.

Meet at the Mt Franklin shelter, 200m walk from the Mt Franklin carpark on Brindabella Rd, at 2pm.

Registration is essential to John Evans (CBC), Numbers are strictly limited.

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