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Woden from the air while under construction

By ThisIsAName - 16 July 2012 14

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Thanks to google, I stumbled across this aerial shot of Canberra. The image was part of an article written by a German architect, with an interesting outside view of Canberra’s development.

Looking west from somewhere over Red Hill, I guess the shot was taken in the mid to late 70s. Woden is still half a paddock, and the Phillip industrial area is mostly empty. The outskirts of Weston Creek appear to be under development, as is Kambah. Tuggeranong parkway and the west side of Hindmarsh drive look to be under development too. Some historical construction details and some shots of the parkway are here.

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14 Responses to
Woden from the air while under construction
carnardly 10:57 am 18 Jul 12

wow – I love looking at all those old photos. keep ’em coming guys! 🙂

davo101 10:05 am 18 Jul 12

switch said :

They certainly planned for lots of parking in those days…

Can’t really eyeball that one, it’s all at-grade parking then and now there are two multi-story car parks. There probably are fewer spaces per employee/shopper now but imagine how big the car parks would be if they just scaled up what they had; you’d probably need some sort of bus service to carry you in from the outer spots (sort of like Walley World).

Dacquiri 11:00 pm 17 Jul 12

Karl Fischer is a German urban planner who has made a speciality of Canberra and its development. He has visited Canberra often (see, eg, http://billboard.anu.edu.au/event_view.asp?id=76047) and I believe that he has accepted an academic position in Australia commencing in late 2012 or early 2013. I had the pleasure of showing him around Wybalena Grove in Cook recently, which he found pretty amazing (in a good way).

gooterz 10:18 pm 17 Jul 12

switch said :

gooterz said :

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4149/5019881954_4c4803a9a6_z.jpg

Here is another later one before the big round about went in

They certainly planned for lots of parking in those days…

I read somewhere that they didnt choose a rail system because the costs were 20% more than buses!

switch 11:08 am 17 Jul 12

gooterz said :

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4149/5019881954_4c4803a9a6_z.jpg

Here is another later one before the big round about went in

They certainly planned for lots of parking in those days…

SnapperJack 8:27 am 17 Jul 12

gooterz said :

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4149/5019881954_4c4803a9a6_z.jpg

Here is another later one before the big round about went in

I’ve pinpointed that this pic was taken between 1974 and 1977. You can see Woden Plaza with just stage two completed (which opened in May 1974) and before stage three opened in September 1977.

c_c 2:43 am 17 Jul 12

This last image in linked to in the article: http://www.images.act.gov.au/duslibrary/imagesact.nsf/V01/2515BE74C8084A084A256D640023A87C?OpenDocument makes me sad.

The parkway back when it was lined with pine trees, was always such a beautiful drive into the city. And now it’s just this arid, boring highway. Even when the arboretum is developed and grown, it’s still going to be a fair way back from the road and not the whole way along that stretch between Cotter Rd and Glenloch.

gooterz 12:27 am 17 Jul 12

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4149/5019881954_4c4803a9a6_z.jpg

Here is another later one before the big round about went in

gooterz 12:24 am 17 Jul 12

The cat did it said :

Very early 1970s, maybe even late 1960s. Construction of Yarra Glen doesn’t look to be started, which suggests that it was taken quite some time before the killer flood of January 1971.

Yarra glen is there.

It used to be a T-Section so this could easilly be after the 7 Deaths.

http://www.archives.act.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0017/110960/Woden_Floodwaters_1971.jpg

Lovett/MLC tower is only half done at the time of the floods in 1971. So this would be 1972 or very late 1971

http://www.hindmarsh.com.au/images/projects/photos/Woden_Green_Masterplan_2011.jpg
Above is the future aparently!
Lovett tower soon to be the 2nd tallest building in canberra?

The cat did it 8:33 pm 16 Jul 12

Very early 1970s, maybe even late 1960s. Construction of Yarra Glen doesn’t look to be started, which suggests that it was taken quite some time before the killer flood of January 1971.

LSWCHP 7:22 pm 16 Jul 12

I moved to Canberra as a kid in 1976 and we lived in Holder for 18 months. By that time Woden and Weston were pretty well developed. I reckon (wild assed guess, admittedly) that this is more like pretty early 70’s.

gooterz 6:54 pm 16 Jul 12

Not sure about kambah. That was one of the earlier ones and is to the left of the photo. (only a tiny part is showing).

Kambah is 1971 and Duffy in the far right background was 1974.

anomist 5:06 pm 16 Jul 12

Thanks for the reference to that article: it was very interesting. I don’t know that I agree with the author that the reason we (nearly) all voted against self-government was that we didn’t want to pay our way. I think it was because the status quo _worked_.

Holden Caulfield 4:12 pm 16 Jul 12

Yuck there’s no trees and the houses are all cheek by jowl. Slum of the future.

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