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Where the birds don’t fly, back in the day

johnboy 9 March 2013 13

us embassy

A reader has sent in this remarkable shot from the Canberra of yesteryear.

Anyone want to have a crack at placing it in time and space?

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13 Responses to Where the birds don’t fly, back in the day
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old canberran old canberran 8:11 am 12 Mar 13

I was told that the soil on which the embassy is built was imported from the States.

bundah bundah 6:14 pm 10 Mar 13

johnboy said :

US diplomatic facilities are often referred to as “where the birds do not fly” due to their security.

Unless of course the prez is in town!

bundah bundah 6:09 pm 10 Mar 13

Pork Hunt said :

I don’t get the headline. Is there an emu in the photo somewhere?

No but thunderbirds are go!

    johnboy johnboy 6:12 pm 10 Mar 13

    US diplomatic facilities are often referred to as “where the birds do not fly” due to their security.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 5:26 pm 10 Mar 13

I don’t get the headline. Is there an emu in the photo somewhere?

switch switch 6:56 pm 09 Mar 13

Obviously weren’t as anal about security theatre back then. In the middle of the worst war the planet has ever seen.

curlylocks curlylocks 6:00 pm 09 Mar 13

I agree looks like the US embassy to me to. No idea of time.

smcphill smcphill 12:46 pm 09 Mar 13

johnboy said :

When has me intrigued though.

The Google says construction started on the US Embassy on July 4, 1942. The US Embassy website says construction was completed in ’43, and that it was the first embassy in Canberra.

If it is the US Embassy, you’d have to think the photo was from the mid-late 40s, early 50s at a stretch.

bundah bundah 12:34 pm 09 Mar 13

My guess is ’50s to early ’60s taken from Adelaide Ave directly across from the PM’s residence.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:25 pm 09 Mar 13

Mid 1940s maybe?

Apparently the building was completed in late 1943.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:22 pm 09 Mar 13

Actually, more like the Embassy of the Philippines site, perhaps?

http://goo.gl/maps/1WbjO

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:20 pm 09 Mar 13

That looks like the US embassy to me. So you’d probably have Capital Hill behind the photographer who must be standing close to where State Circle is now.

That’s my guess anyway.

    johnboy johnboy 12:21 pm 09 Mar 13

    Agreed on what (hence the headline).

    When has me intrigued though.

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