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Canberra the Memorial capital

By Thumper - 9 July 2007 32

The SMH has an opinion piece by one Mark Davis that suggests that Canberra is only know for three things. Those being politics, cold winters and the Australian War Memorial.

Sadly only the last seems to be an attraction and so Mr Miles continues with the theme and asks why we have so many memorials to war, and so few to do with anything else. He also suggests that Canberra should reflect the nation’s values, history and aspirations and that it fails to do so by not having more non military memorials.

He then goes on to list a number of recent memorials that have been erected in our National Capital before having the usual dig by stating that ‘Only the last of those (new memorials) would be likely to displace cold weather or politics from the list of first impressions of Canberra.

All in all a nothing piece of journalism.

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neanderthalsis 5:15 pm 11 Jul 07

I am always surprised and somewhat appalled at bogan wankers that constantly want to glorify the “heroic” achievement of sports stars though statues, commemorative coins and framed turds fished from change room bogs. Chasing an inflated pigs bladder or whacking a leather ball with a stick does not make a hero. While I do love Rugby and Cricket as much as any other red blooded ex-private schoolboy, the players are not heros, they are lucky blokes with good jobs. Building monuments to them is just silly.

As for people of cultural and intellectual significance, their works are embodied in the NGA, the National Library, the National Science Centre and many other National buildings. Our suburbs are living monuments to former PMs and other people of political significance.

At the end of the day, Canberra was created to be the seat of Government, a job it does admirably, it doesn’t need to be overcrowded with monuments and memorials.

Maelinar 4:22 pm 11 Jul 07

I’m surprised they haven’t come up with a memorial memorial, just to commemorate all the memorials they couldn’t think of yet.

Thumper 4:14 pm 11 Jul 07

Sh*t yeah, how could I forget that…

Not that I’ve ever been there…

Maelinar 4:05 pm 11 Jul 07

And a bushfire memorial.

Thumper 2:45 pm 11 Jul 07

We have the Police memorial and the Emergency Services memorial as well.

Thumper 2:44 pm 11 Jul 07

Ahh, that’s Chifley near Maroubra, not Chifley ACT,

Thumper 2:42 pm 11 Jul 07

I used to live in Chifley, 5 minutes walk from the beach, sand and surf…

Fishing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling…

oh yeah, it was great, no doubt.

Catriona 2:32 pm 11 Jul 07

Just to add, why do we have to have a bloody memorial for every little achievement, no matter how insignificant and boring? War memorials are popular because they symbolise the sacrifices that millions made for our country – I think they deserve the prominent status they have in the capital.

Catriona 2:28 pm 11 Jul 07

So what kind of non-war-related memorials does this moron suggest we build?

And I love how Sydney-siders think of Canberra as “cold” – they might like to come and visit in the middle of summer when its 40 plus degrees with bushfires?

apehammer 12:44 pm 11 Jul 07

Spend a summer in Easter Suburbs before you write Sydney off completley… my God, the girls, the bikinis, the smell of suntan oil. Sure it’s shallow, but so is Lake BG.

lux80 8:32 am 11 Jul 07

In addition to Sydney being smelly and dirty, when i go there i’m struck by how little of Sydney i can see without my vision being obstructed by giant billboards and advertisements.
I certainly don’t miss them when i’m home in Canberra. And just for the record, i’ve lived here for 6 years, and lived on the outskirts of sydney for 4 years. (Maybe i’m just a small-town girl at heart.)

ant 11:11 pm 10 Jul 07

the ones in the loooong lines of traffic are the lucky ones. The ones I see, wearing battered wrecks where their shoes used to be, are on the trains, buses and ferries. they always look jostled, harried, tunnel-visioned and miserable.

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