Images of Canberra – The Suffrage Gardens

johnboy 30 May 2009 24

[First filed: May 29, 2009 @ 10:19]

Red_dog has sent in what I imagine will surprise many to learn is a local scene. It came with this note:

    Attached is a A long exposure of the Centenary of Australian women’s suffrage commemorative artwork and fountain. It’s one of those many hidden gems that Canberra has to offer. There’s a bit of a blurb about the monument I ‘borrowed’ from Stateline.

    Located on the parliamentary axis (Constitution Place through Old Parliament House to Magna Carta Place), this artwork celebrates the centenary of Australian women’s suffrage. With the passage of the Commonwealth Franchise Act, 1902, women were able to vote and, a world first, to stand for parliament, which they did in the election of 1903.

    The artwork comprises a fountain and timeline, both of which feature a glass mosaic inspired by wisteria in flower, in the women’s movement colours of green, purple and white. The timeline records the milestones and significant achievements of Australian women in Federal Parliament.

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24 Responses to Images of Canberra – The Suffrage Gardens
red_dog red_dog 11:32 pm 31 May 09

Hi and a big thank you to everybody who has commented on my photo. I really didn’t expect such a response 🙂

The photo was shot at the last full moon … one of the reasons the sky is so light.

Some details for the technically minded;

Nikon D80
Sigma 10-20mm @10mm
383secs (say 6 minutes!) @ f/14
ISO 100, Exposure compensation -1.0

It was a little breezy that night so there’s a little blur around the greenery extremities. It’s a lovely spot and really one of Canberra’s hidden gems.

Oh and the gate wasn’t locked that night … mind you it was cold and windy … tends to keep most people away anyways.

Thanks again and cheers.

Thumper Thumper 12:21 pm 31 May 09

I am going to go and see it at the first opportunity.

ant ant 11:32 am 31 May 09

Incidentally, I think the “suffrage” refers to the conference of the vote on anyone who didn’t previously have it, as in the mosaic there’s a few mentions of Aboriginals getting the vote also. Most of the mentions on teh signage etc are about women, lots of famous or trail-blazing female parliamentarians, but in the mosaic it commemorates Aboriginals getting the vote in various jurisdictions.

The tiles on the mosaic are lovely.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 11:17 am 31 May 09

Superb, any chance of efx details?

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