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Canberra for World Heritage Listing.

By S4anta - 7 April 2008 25

Once upon a time, UNESCO’s World Heritage Listings were used to protect places that were of Cultural, National and Historical interest, not only for the country/culture concerned but all for all humans worldwide to appreciate be they living under a rock, listening the The Spice Girls or not. Places such as The Great Barrier Reef, Abu Simbel, Petra and the Willandra Lakes jump to mind.

As part of Heritage Week 2008, the National Trust of the ACT is in the midst of perparing a World Heritage Application for the 2008 Heritage Places at Risk List on behalf of Canberra and its inhabitants. They are asking for submissions, even if they are a modest building, that are of high interest as they may be perfect examples of ’20s or ’30s architecture and they are constantly under threat of a new person moving in and completely demolishing it… Apparently.

Mr Eric Martin has stated;

“Canberra is very rich in heritage buildings and it’s two tiered: first we have a strong core of 19th century buildings, then there are the 20th century buildings that highlight the city’s original garden city plans.”

So go to it. I am sure that the various Riotacter’s out there can lob in a few buildings that look kinda cool and that ought be whacked on this list. Let the games begin, for starters I always though the Hawker Primary School, with its centralised Library and tunnels going every which way was a great example of an architect chewing too many mushrooms then going beserk on an Etch-a-Sketch to create a school that would even make an Orb Spider blush in its geometric brilliance.

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25 Responses to
Canberra for World Heritage Listing.
caf 10:46 am 08 Apr 08

The Shine Dome, the Screensound building, St Johns Reid, All Saints Ainslie.

smokey2 10:37 am 08 Apr 08

Campbell Park – stark 1970s raw concrete – minimalist
Love it or hate it – I love it but have a twisted sence of beauty.

Thumper 10:30 am 08 Apr 08

Indeed Heavs,

extract from my as yet unfinished book

Previously called Cranleigh, the site was settled and developed in the 1920s by Lieutenant-General James Gordon Legge who, after his retirement from the Army, built a homestead and planted numerous fruit and pine trees on the newly acquired 400 hectare property and lived there until 1947.

The homestead, built in 1923, was sadly demolished in 1953 to make way for the development of the new suburb. Of the homestead only the concrete foundations remain, made from sand and gravel from the nearby Ginninderra Creek.

Previous to this the landscape would have been traversed by local Aboriginals as they wandered around the landscape in search of food and shelter. Indeed, axe grinding marks have been found on large granite boulders by the banks of Ginninderra Creek and an Aboriginal burial ground was once located not far to the north.

Heavs 10:09 am 08 Apr 08

The Latham pines site used to have some heritage but then they went and knocked down the fortress/homestead the bloke had built in the 20’s. Now all that’s left is a few trees and some rubble from the original buildings.

Thumper 9:14 am 08 Apr 08

Blundell’s Cottage, St John’s School house, Duntroon House, Mugga Mugga, Lanyon, Tuggeranong Station, the air raid shelter at Red Hill, numerous public buildings, Rosebud apiary, the canberry fair precinct, the old Ginninderra station site, the space needle, Kambah woolshed, old Canberra Inn, Gudgenby, Latham pines site, Aboriginal rock grinding site on Ginninderra creek…

many, many things….

Mælinar 9:03 am 08 Apr 08

The only things of any real historical significance to Canberra would be the 2 Parliament Houses. In 50 years after they have realised what a prize stuff-up they have made and move Canberra to a geometric 1/2 way between Sydney and Melbourne, the rest can and will go to rack and ruin.

Pandy 12:25 am 08 Apr 08

p1 you barely legal right?

Yes it ws the arts and farts part of Tafe

minime2 12:16 am 08 Apr 08

dickson college … what a gem.

p1 11:23 pm 07 Apr 08

The Space Station Building across from Woden Plaze (Formerly Woden TAFE?)

Callum Offices. Was it the tafe? I have never heard that.

The pump house building (or whatever it is) and Casurina Sands.

iamspam 11:09 pm 07 Apr 08

It’s an architectural holocaust in Belconnen at the moment with what they’ve done to the Cameron Offices. And El, I’d be worried that the Edmund Barton Building would be going the same way were it not for its now heritage listing.

old canberran 10:46 pm 07 Apr 08

The Sydney and Melbourne buildings have been around for a long time by Canberra standards, as has the Hotel Ainslie or whatever it’s called these days. Blundell’s Cottage is another one that I used to ride past on my bike on the way to school. It’s probably listed anyway.
Most of the original building that I can remember have been demolished but the original Canberra hospital where I was born is still there in Balmain Circuit. Now called the ANU School of earth Sciences. That one should be on the list for sure.

astrojax 8:34 pm 07 Apr 08

all the houses in o’malley – a greater plethora of ugliness can nowhere be found and is a sight to behold…

but seriously, old parliament house.

Thumper 7:53 pm 07 Apr 08

The old stables out near Dunlop, although I’m not sure they actually have any significance.

Oh, and my house, because it looks sooooo cool….

Ari 7:20 pm 07 Apr 08

That observatory that closed down a couple of months ago.


el 7:17 pm 07 Apr 08

Edmund Barton Building.

The Space Station Building across from Woden Plaze (Formerly Woden TAFE?)

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