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Gary fills us in on Canberra history

By johnboy 25 August 2006 10

Senator Humphries is bemoaning a lack of knowledge surrounding Canberra history as his very own contribution to the History Wars.

He does such a good job of telling Canberra history in his media release that I’m not sure we need any extra classes in schools.

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Thumper 10:43 am 29 Aug 06

Mt Bimberri is about 1900 metres I think.

Thumper 10:40 am 29 Aug 06

Hmmm, I’ll have to drag out my old uni cultural heritage studies and check it out….

terubo 9:48 am 29 Aug 06

Of course, I meant 1,999 metres…is Namadji that high?

Big Al 8:00 pm 25 Aug 06

Don’t know about 1800m but as a comparo Thredbo village is 1300-odd and thats essentially below the snowline. This far north you’d have to imagine that it was around the 1600 mark at a minimum.

terubo 4:27 pm 25 Aug 06

Now THAT’S history – what with global warming etc, it’s probably more like 999 metres now.

Thumper 3:44 pm 25 Aug 06

Hey, what’s the winter snowline in namadgi?

I reckon its 1100 metres but my brother reckons more like 1800 metres.

simto 3:24 pm 25 Aug 06

I’d also add that, while odd facts aren’t the only thing required in discussing history, they’re often quite useful in building a coherent and interesting argument.

The more boring and obvious stuff comes alive once you throw in a bit of the weirdness.

Thumper 3:03 pm 25 Aug 06


Having had the odd beer there….

simto 3:00 pm 25 Aug 06

At the same time, anything that prompts regular revivals of “The Legend of King O’Malley” can’t be all bad.

Although do people drinking in a faux-irish bar really want to know that the namesake of their pub was actually a shonky Texan who pretended to be Canadian for the purposes of running for election in Australia?

terubo 1:43 pm 25 Aug 06

I’ve got news for Gazza – history is more than just a random assortment of trivia-night facts.

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