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Anzac Parade circa 1949

By johnboy 29 October 2010 18

[First filed: Oct 28, 2010 @ 9:50]

Anzac Parade 1949

The recent brief look at Anzac Parade prompted “Old Canberran” to dig around in his collection for a revival of his photo tour of the Canberra that was.

He took this one in 1949.

Today of course it looks like this:

Anzac Parade [Photo by Ray]

(Slideshow of all OC’s old photos below)

What’s Your opinion?


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old canberran 9:51 am 30 Oct 10

Thanks for the nice comments people. It’s great to be able to share these old pics with you. I’ll have to look further as I am sure I have some photos of King’s Avenue Bridge under construction. An old 1933 map of Canberra shows the area in front of the War Memorial as ANZAC Park which accounts for the planting of many trees down each side, so even back then that area ws identified as some kind of special memorial.

Work on the lake started around 1961 with the construction of the dam and the shaping of the lake bed and walls. They moved a lot of dirt around over the next couple of years. It started to fill in December 1963 when my wife was in the old Royal Canberra Hospital having our second child. It filled completely in 1964 after a lot of unexpected rain and from that day on the character of Canberra was changed. It started to look like the National Capital that Burley Griffin envisaged.

GardeningGirl 4:48 pm 29 Oct 10

Love these. Thanks again for sharing.

old canberran 9:00 am 29 Oct 10

Skidd Marx said :

MWF said :

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/115873/nominationform.pdf

Perhaps?

I can’t see them giving a “Canberra Gold” Chief Minister’s award to someone who hasn’t lived here in 20 years and actually hates the place. Great pics though.

I don’t know how you formed that opinion Skidd but I certainly don’t appreciate it.
Canberra is a beautiful city and very dear to my heart. I was born and bred there, married and raised 3 kids there and I intend to be buried there. What I am against is self government and what it has done to the City. I have no idea how long you have lived in Canberra but maybe you have not been there long enough to know what it used to be like.

Skidd Marx 9:47 pm 28 Oct 10

MWF said :

http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/115873/nominationform.pdf

Perhaps?

I can’t see them giving a “Canberra Gold” Chief Minister’s award to someone who hasn’t lived here in 20 years and actually hates the place. Great pics though.

I-filed 9:24 pm 28 Oct 10

Do we really want Michael Buick’s massive, brutalist war memorial (don’t we have one of those at the top of the parade?) wrecking the view? (See Stateline a week ago)
It’s so bad, you can’t even find the plans for it on the NCA website (NCA sponsored a competition for this monstrosity apparently).

grumpyrhonda 8:10 pm 28 Oct 10

carnardly said :

if you’ve got any more, please show them too.

Yes please!

moneypenny2612 8:04 pm 28 Oct 10

Wow. I knew Torrens Street Braddon had changed a lot over the recent past but didn’t appreciate just how much. A bit of a pity really. So many of the trees are gone.

Thumper 7:18 pm 28 Oct 10

Lake Burley Griffin was completed in 1964, I believe.

Oh come on. why does this myth continue? Everyone knows LBG was formed in the last ice age when glaciers from the alps ground down the mountains and formed a neat hole in the ground where a river used to run.

lizw 5:26 pm 28 Oct 10

Lake Burley Griffin was completed in 1964, I believe.

schmeah 3:02 pm 28 Oct 10

Those are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Dazzlar 2:06 pm 28 Oct 10

These photos are great. Anyone have or know of photos from when LBG was first constructed?

carnardly 12:10 pm 28 Oct 10

if you’ve got any more, please show them too.

Chaz 11:04 am 28 Oct 10

great old pictures. thanks for el share

p1 10:52 am 28 Oct 10

Yet another nice old photo of Canberra. Love them!

far_northact 10:51 am 28 Oct 10

The old photo is awesome. Great to see what it looked like pre-lake.

Thumper 10:23 am 28 Oct 10

Magnificent photo of the AWM.

Holden Caulfield 10:21 am 28 Oct 10

Love the old pics, thanks to Old Canberran for sharing them!

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