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How did Canberra form?

By Solidarity - 6 July 2012 50

Hey guys,

Is there a list of how Canberra formed? Which suburbs came first, when they started to be lived in, all that kind of stuff?

When did Gunghalin come into being? I thought it was early 1990’s, but I just saw a picture of a bus that said Gunghalin on it, apparently from 1985…

So what were the original suburbs? What times did new ones start coming into play? Did the city go North or South first? How did the city expand? Where is it headed in the future?

I’m assuming there is a government website that has all this info… Does anyone know?

Cheers

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How did Canberra form?
Duffbowl 2:16 pm 06 Jul 12

Get yourself this publication if you can…
Canberra’s suburb and street names : origins and meanings; Department of the Environment, Land and Planning.
It *may* still be available through Canberra Connect.

Jindy 2:13 pm 06 Jul 12

Antagonist said :

At around the same time, there was a small settlement/suburb near the brickworks, which I believe is now submerged beneath LBG..

It was called Westlake, it isn’t under the lake, it was knocked down. There are numerous remains still to be found south of the yacht club.

wrigbe 2:11 pm 06 Jul 12

Old Parliament house bookshop has some good info on early canberra

Jungle Jim 2:05 pm 06 Jul 12

Antagonist said :

I first moved to Kambah in the late 1970’s. It was certainly pre-1980.

I’m pretty sure my Wanniassa house was built in the 1970’s too. Be interesting to see a timeline and population growth chart for Canberra’s suburbs. Good luck, OP.

nsn 1:59 pm 06 Jul 12

Many years ago, back when it was hosted by Chris Uhlmann and David Kilby, the 666 ABC Breakfast program ran some really interesting “history of your suburb” segments once a week. I think they were presented by a town planner – I can’t recall who – but he went into the history of a suburb’s gazettal as well as describing the geographic layout and features of thesuburb from a town planning perspective (parks etc). It was a good little segment. I don’t think they’re available on the ABC website, which is a shame. But you might be able to get your hands on them if you contact the ABC.

Antagonist 1:48 pm 06 Jul 12

arescarti42 said :

1. The oldest parts of the city are what is now known as the Inner South, I believe Kingston and Manuka were the first commercial areas in the city, probably mostly developed in the 20s and 30s.

My great-grandparents moved from Melbourne to Acton (Leversidge St) in 1924. Acton was well established at this point – having been there for approximately 10 years at that time. At around the same time, there was a small settlement/suburb near the brickworks, which I believe is now submerged beneath LBG.

I recall the real-estate developer by the name of ‘Woodgers’ (Canberra Raiders first sponsor?) appealed against many purchase prices for land in the Kingston/Manuka area in the 1920/30’s. If you do a Google search, you might be able to turn some useful dates up.

5. Tuggeranong was developed during the 1980s.

I first moved to Kambah in the late 1970’s. It was certainly pre-1980.

caf 1:47 pm 06 Jul 12

astrojax said :

but then this perfectly good sheep station was rooned instead of ruining dalgety, which would have been much colder… can you imagine anyone going to brumbies game at bruce in -7 and snow?

Coffs Harbour (one of the other candidates) would have been alright, though. I presume the Melbournians scuttled that one.

chewy14 1:43 pm 06 Jul 12

Hmm,
Is someone doing their kids year 5 research project for them?

johnboy 1:39 pm 06 Jul 12

They don’t play at night so much in winter in uncovered stadia.

switch 1:34 pm 06 Jul 12

astrojax said :

can you imagine anyone going to brumbies game at bruce in -7 and snow?

Lots of European, North Asian and North American capital cities seem to manage it for their winter sports. Are their Bruce Stadiums heated?

Thumper 1:29 pm 06 Jul 12

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived an evil king….

astrojax 1:15 pm 06 Jul 12

in the beginning there was a perfectly good sheep station.

well, with respect to the gnunnawal, in the beginning was the dreaming [then the portuguese, dutch, english, french, etc and eventually captain cook…]

but then this perfectly good sheep station was rooned instead of ruining dalgety, which would have been much colder… can you imagine anyone going to brumbies game at bruce in -7 and snow?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:12 pm 06 Jul 12

Just for interest’s sake, Queanbeyan has been around for quite a while, having been settled in the 1820s and proclaimed a township in 1838.

I remember learning to drive back in 1991 and trundling around the streets of Jerrabomberra, very few of which has houses.

arescarti42 12:56 pm 06 Jul 12

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Canberra_suburbs

Is the only list I’m familiar with, a lot of those entries have dates.

I always thought the oldest suburbs in Gungahlin were established in the early 1990s.

As for how the entirety of the city developed, my understanding is as follows:

1. The oldest parts of the city are what is now known as the Inner South, I believe Kingston and Manuka were the first commercial areas in the city, probably mostly developed in the 20s and 30s.
2. Civic and the inner north were developed after the Inner South, probably in the 1940s and 50s.
3. The Woden Valley was the first satellite, developed through the 1960s.
4. Belconnen and Weston Creek were developed after Woden, probably late 60s to late 70s.
5. Tuggeranong was developed during the 1980s.
6. Gungahlin from 1990s to present.
7. The short and medium term future will see continued development in Gungahlin, and establishment and development of the Molonglo region.

Holden Caulfield 12:56 pm 06 Jul 12

Gungahlin on a bus in 1985? Doubt it. Palmerston wasn’t gazetted until 1991.

Anyway, it’s a good question you ask. Hopefully we get a better answer than can be gained from the link I gave above.

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