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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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Baldy 4:54 pm 09 Jul 12

arescarti42 said :

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.

I have a picture at home of some woman standing on Mt Ainsle looking at the Melbourne and Sydney buildings which were the only buildings in the shot. This was from 1936.

Oh an Haigh park was there as well.

Mr Evil 12:44 pm 09 Jul 12

Canberra crawled out of the lake approx. 60 000 000 years ago as a type of slug, and according to some people from elsewhere in Australia, it has now turned into a bloodsucking, souless leech. 🙂

Thumper 11:47 am 09 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

Youse people with all your mixed-up ideas and false histories… enough of the leg-pulling OK?

Canberra was and remains a pet sub-project of Slartibartfast, the designer of the fjords in Norway. Recommended as a medical treatment to calm him down during his increasingly manic coastline designs submitted to the Earth MKII planning committee. Creating and developing a boring mundane metropolis seems to calm old Slarti down and lessen the chances of fjords being proposed all the way through Scandinavia to Finland.

Actually, it were the mice.

troll-sniffer 11:31 am 09 Jul 12

Youse people with all your mixed-up ideas and false histories… enough of the leg-pulling OK?

Canberra was and remains a pet sub-project of Slartibartfast, the designer of the fjords in Norway. Recommended as a medical treatment to calm him down during his increasingly manic coastline designs submitted to the Earth MKII planning committee. Creating and developing a boring mundane metropolis seems to calm old Slarti down and lessen the chances of fjords being proposed all the way through Scandinavia to Finland.

Sandman 7:55 am 09 Jul 12

cantdance said :

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

Thanks for posting that link.

Makes for some hilarious reading. There’s a suburb planned for Jerrabomberra called ‘Beard’. Oh I’m sure they will just love that.

Beard is the new industrial suburb that has sprung up on the Queanbeyan border on the opposite side of Canberra avenue to Harman.

cantdance 7:34 pm 08 Jul 12

Pork Hunt said :

cantdance said :

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

Thanks for posting that link.

Makes for some hilarious reading. There’s a suburb planned for Jerrabomberra called ‘Beard’. Oh I’m sure they will just love that.

Beard has been built and is off Canberra Avenue on Norse Road right next to the ACT/NSW border.

I can’t even find it on a map.

c_c 3:42 pm 08 Jul 12

Tuggeranong Town Centre was mid 80s onwards. Hyperdome came in 88-89. The Town Centre was originally to be in the middle rather than on the edge of Tuggeranong but they decided not to develop out west.

There’s some really interesting NCDC reports in public libraries.

If you really want a gold mine, the NCA Library is also available, though open only by appointment and prior request. It has just about everything about how the suburbs and that developed as the successor to half a dozen different authorities right back to Burley Griffin’s own involvement.

PoQ 10:36 am 08 Jul 12

See if you can find another copy of “Canberra Site and City” by G J R Linge (ANU Press, 1975 – isbn 0 7081 0406 1) from which comes (at p70):

“…For all its faults, Canberra is a pleasant place to live for the white collar, middle class, conformist, car-owing majority …”

Its a pretty good summary of the history of the place.

LSWCHP 11:47 pm 07 Jul 12

caf said :

Pork Hunt said :

cantdance said :

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

Thanks for posting that link.

Makes for some hilarious reading. There’s a suburb planned for Jerrabomberra called ‘Beard’. Oh I’m sure they will just love that.

Beard has been built and is off Canberra Avenue on Norse Road right next to the ACT/NSW border.

Named after Frank Beard, drummer for ZZ Top.

That’s simply ridiculous. How on earth could someone post such nonsense on RA?

The suburb of Beard is named after my beard, which I’ve had almost continuously since 1995.

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