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Looking for Canberra firsts

By JimiBostock - 10 August 2013 29

Hi riot act folks, I am doing a project around ‘firsts’ in Canberra and so wanted to reach out for a bit of crowdsourcing.

I am looking for anything that was a first in Canberra. Big, small, weird, etc.

Examples might be Canberra’s first takeaway, race track, etc. etc.

And also people … like I have found Canberra’s first postmaster but would love to hear any others.

Will also be looking for photos of the people or places.

You can respond in the comments or email me at hello at jimibostock.com

Thanks folks … look forward to hearing what you know about … and all the funny comments that will surely follow 🙂

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29 Responses to
Looking for Canberra firsts
Minz 1:06 pm 11 Aug 13

wildturkeycanoe said :

Canberra had the first “Abomination to Aviation” this year with the Skywhale.

Sorry, the Soviets beat us to that by about 40 years: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Russia—Air/Beriev-Bartini-VVA/0788490/L/

Masquara 1:05 pm 11 Aug 13

First place in the world where a government-run pissoir measured and reported on the volume of wee-wee?

Dingoman25 12:27 pm 11 Aug 13

dungfungus said :

Canberra had the world’s first tent embassy.

Genghis Khan may have been the first to erect a tent embassy.

dungfungus 12:07 pm 11 Aug 13

cranky said :

As described recently in another thread, I am convinced that the expression ‘Fig Jam’ is a Canberra invented, Canberra centric expression.

You mean F@#k I’m Good, Just Ask Me?
Canberra is the only place in the world I have ever heard this expression. There are a lot of people in Canberra that muse it. Very Canberresque.

magiccar9 9:51 am 11 Aug 13

Surely Canberra were the first to drag their feet on a major roads project, finish it, then stand back and realise they f**ked it up epically – and started over again…. right?

dungfungus 9:35 pm 10 Aug 13

Canberra had the world’s first tent embassy. It morphed into a portable office which has now become a permanent fixture.

dph 9:25 pm 10 Aug 13

Has there ever been a real estate agent that doesn’t cheat of their wife? Surely that’d be a first for Canberra?

RadioVK 8:38 pm 10 Aug 13

The old Starlight Drive-in sign was Canberra’s first neon sign.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drive-in_theatres_in_Australia#Australian_Capital_Territory

Also the last one in Australia to still be in it’s original position, although I believe it’s been removed now, probably due to ongoing vandalism.

cranky 8:09 pm 10 Aug 13

As described recently in another thread, I am convinced that the expression ‘Fig Jam’ is a Canberra invented, Canberra centric expression.

wildturkeycanoe 5:58 pm 10 Aug 13

Canberra had the first “Abomination to Aviation” this year with the Skywhale.

Spiral 4:24 pm 10 Aug 13

It is claimed that Canberra held the world’s first hovercraft race. See: http://www.neoterichovercraft.com/news/news/news010.htm

c_c™ 3:39 pm 10 Aug 13

To the OP, Trove is your friend for things like this.

DrKoresh 2:41 pm 10 Aug 13

I reckon it’d be interesting to hear what ‘firsts’ Canberra has had in the past 10 years or so.

Kim F 2:05 pm 10 Aug 13

Canberra’s first traffic ticket for going through a red light was 23 October, 1965

Paul0075 11:22 am 10 Aug 13

Canberra’s first traffic lights were at Northbourne Avenue & London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue & Cooyong Street, and went into operation on 23rd October 1965. The TAMS web site used to have this on there, but they’ve since taken it down.

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