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Building Lake Burley Griffin

By johnboy 12 July 2011 25

Rhyse has pointed us at a truly remarkable video from Film Australia on the construction of Lake Burley Griffin circa 1964.

A really amazing blast from the past for the local history buffs.

lake burley griffin circa 1964

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switch 1:22 pm 17 Mar 13

Sandman said :

jaybee said :

I’ll even offer to point out my parents in the clip which must have been very close to the time of my conception.

Nothing like a lake inauguration to get the missus in the mood. 😉

Whatever floats your boat.

Sandman 8:42 am 17 Mar 13

jaybee said :

I’ll even offer to point out my parents in the clip which must have been very close to the time of my conception.

Nothing like a lake inauguration to get the missus in the mood. 😉

Postalgeek 9:58 pm 16 Mar 13

arescarti42 said :

Ergh! All that 1960s optimism makes me retch. Didn’t those people know the communists were going to blow them up any day?

On a serious note:

Keijidosha said :

Spectra said :

braddonboy said :

One thing I certainly do not remember is the little bridge at 11:36 in the video.

I wondered about that too. I think it’s the same one you can see at 7:23, and from that angle it looks like it might be the original footbridge to Aspen Island.

Correct.

I must disagree. I think you’ll find it was the original bridge on the south side of Nerang Pool, before it was replaced as part of the Menzies walk project.

You can see the weir behind the bridge at 11:37

Or else a couple of little Christs are walking on water

old canberran 4:48 pm 16 Mar 13

John Moulis said :

I’m a bit upset the Lake was built. We moved here in 1970 and I was too young to have been able to see Our Fair City pre-LBG. The pictures and newsreels I have seen show a spacious and scenic area, and the thought of sheep grazing in the centre of town fits in with the bush capital stories we are all familiar with.

I know LBG is picturesque and home to sailing, rowing and tourist cruises, but I wish I could enter a time warp and see first hand what things were like before the Lake.

Before the lake the paddock between Commonwealth Avenue and the Hospital was a lucerne pasture leased by Gerry Kilmartin to grow food for his piggery in Mugga Lane. The area in fromt of Parliament House was grassy paddock on each side of the river and around further near King’s Avenue Bridge was a market garden and the Canberra Sand and Gravel sand wash. The lady who lived in Blundell’s cottage had a few sheep and a cow that grazed down near Scott’s crossing bridge. The river wound its way through these areas and had big willow trees on its banks. I hope you get to read this.

old canberran 1:18 pm 16 Mar 13

Thanks JB. Great video clip of the past. My son was born in December 1963 and my wife and I watched the lake slowly filling from the banks of the old hospital until she went home.
I actually know some of the people at the inauguration ceremony.
It was fascinating watching the earth moving equipment excavating the area to make it deep enough to prevent algae from growing.

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