Canberra aerial photography from the 60’s

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Canberra Aerial
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Rioter John sent us these scans in case anyone was interested.

Found an olde Canberra aerial postcard in a family collection. National Library construction indicates 1967-maybe 1968?

Also I have an old Mt Stromlo postcard for the same treatment if possible.

Thanks John!

Mt. Stromlo
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CicsoKid CicsoKid 2:47 pm 05 Jun 13

A news article in the 1965 Canberra Times suggested that old topographical maps show the area as Camp Hill or Kurrajong Hill. I guess if they are close together then the CT researcher misread the maps. Thanks johnboy.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 12:54 pm 05 Jun 13

CicsoKid said :

gooterz said :

Kurrajong Hill is visible in the background. There was no ‘capital hill’.

There was a Capital Hill, before that a Capitol Hill (spelling changed on some maps back in the 1930s), before that Kurrajong Hill or Camp Hill.

I remember asking my parents why Capital Hill was misspelled with an ‘o’.

Paul0075 Paul0075 12:34 pm 05 Jun 13

p1 said :

Roundhead89 said :

That’s not Capital Hill, it is City Hill which is very much the same now as it was back then.

Unless Paul is referring to the hill on the other side of the lake round about where parliament house now sits?

Indeed. I was referring to the other hill.

Jack_Malarkey Jack_Malarkey 11:49 am 05 Jun 13

Wonderful photos. Brought back very happy memories of Canberra in the early 1960s. I left the place in 1974 at the age of 16 when my father took up a job in Melbourne but came back in 1985 as I missed the place so much. I originally came here in 1959 at the age of three months.

Canberra is a great place now but it was also a great place (of a different kind) when these photos were taken. Thanks so much for sharing.

CicsoKid CicsoKid 10:14 am 05 Jun 13

gooterz said :

Kurrajong Hill is visible in the background. There was no ‘capital hill’.

There was a Capital Hill, before that a Capitol Hill (spelling changed on some maps back in the 1930s), before that Kurrajong Hill or Camp Hill.

dtc dtc 9:48 am 05 Jun 13

I know this comment is pretty obvious, but its still amazing how decisions made in the mid 1960s about road layout or building locations still are of major importance today. Goes to show just how essential proper city planning is.

JessP JessP 9:36 am 05 Jun 13

Mysteryman said :

Look at all the carparking!

Thumper said :

What are those open spaces with cars in them?

Sigh ….parking

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 10:44 pm 04 Jun 13

Gerry-Built said :

Fascinating – great share, John!

I have vague memories of School Holiday program at the YMCA in Glebe Park; I’ve wondered for years exactly where that was…

The one with the wavy roofline? It was on the corner of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue, sort of opposite the pool. There was a ten pin bowling alley beside it.

Gerry-Built Gerry-Built 10:21 pm 04 Jun 13

Fascinating – great share, John!

I have vague memories of School Holiday program at the YMCA in Glebe Park; I’ve wondered for years exactly where that was…

gooterz gooterz 7:54 pm 04 Jun 13

Ozhair said :

Roundhead, you do realise that Capital Hill is also visible in the photo…?

Kurrajong Hill is visible in the background. There was no ‘capital hill’.

Also the war memorial was going to be a casino.

Ozhair Ozhair 6:48 pm 04 Jun 13

Roundhead, you do realise that Capital Hill is also visible in the photo…?

carnardly carnardly 5:57 pm 04 Jun 13

the hill at the back of the shot is capital hill though… 🙂

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:20 pm 04 Jun 13

Pork Hunt said :

Wonder what those buildings in Commonwealth Park are?

I wondered that too. A plant nursery maybe?

I’m also liking the old skool “pchop” work on the lake as well, haha.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 5:19 pm 04 Jun 13

Roundhead89 said :

That’s not Capital Hill, it is City Hill which is very much the same now as it was back then.

It’s Capital Hill in the background.

c_c™ c_c™ 5:18 pm 04 Jun 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Pics not working for me and only the second high-res link works too. 🙁

Limit of referrals from a site has been reached. Just copy and past the link url into browser and it should be fine.

MERC600 MERC600 5:17 pm 04 Jun 13

GardeningGirl said :

That is so great! Thanks for sharing!

and from me as well.

c_c™ c_c™ 5:17 pm 04 Jun 13

Pork Hunt said :

Wonder what those buildings in Commonwealth Park are?

In the far right corner is the church land, controversially given the church for a public cathedral and public use, but in reality used as a private residence. There’s a lot of politics going on with that even now.

To the left of that, is Mulwala Hostel, it would have been demolished soon after these pics were taken.

p1 p1 5:17 pm 04 Jun 13

Roundhead89 said :

Paul0075 said :

Beautiful photos. And nice to finally see a colour shot of Capital Hill before parliament house ended up there. I grew up coming to Canberra regularly from Sydney as a kid, but we never ventured over the lake most of the time as our family friends lived in Watson and their family lived in Dickson and Braddon.

That’s not Capital Hill, it is City Hill which is very much the same now as it was back then.

Unless Paul is referring to the hill on the other side of the lake round about where parliament house now sits?

Roundhead89 Roundhead89 5:00 pm 04 Jun 13

Paul0075 said :

Beautiful photos. And nice to finally see a colour shot of Capital Hill before parliament house ended up there. I grew up coming to Canberra regularly from Sydney as a kid, but we never ventured over the lake most of the time as our family friends lived in Watson and their family lived in Dickson and Braddon.

That’s not Capital Hill, it is City Hill which is very much the same now as it was back then.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 4:32 pm 04 Jun 13

Wonder what those buildings in Commonwealth Park are?

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