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Canberra 1987 photos

Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Australia facts & history in brief

Canberra is the national capital of Australia, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
The location was selected as a compromise between Melbourne and Sydney, two of Australia's largest cities.

Canberra is the administrative centre of the federal government.
The headquarters of national political, business, professional, and cultural organisations.
The foreign embassies are located in Canberra.
The Australian Federal Senate and House of Representatives meets here.
Canberra has a moderate climate.
American landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin designed the city.
The National Capital Development Commission and Department of Territories control development and land use in the city and the Australian Capital Territory.
Places of interest are the old and new Parliament House, national capital institutions, first school, the St. John's Schoolhouse Museum with the attached schoolmaster's residence, Farmhouse, a stone cottage built in 1858, now restored. Blundell's Farmhouse, a stone cottage built in 1858 and restored in 1964.
The Institute of Anatomy at Acton has two museums.
In one museum, of Australian Aborigines and Papua New Guinea people's culture are on display.
There are many other attractions as well.

At Tidbinbilla about 40 kilometres southwest of the city is a large animal sanctuary.
The Deep Space Communication Complex, nearby is one of the world-wide network of tracking stations.
Lanyon is a historic farm dating to 1835 is also nearby.
At Deakin is the Royal Australian Mint, where one can watch coins being manufactured and visit the mint museum, where you may buy coins.
At the Canberra Planning Exhibition, close to Lake Burley Griffin is a audio-visual displays of Canberra's planning and development.
Government House is residence of the Governor General and can be viewed from Lady Denman Drive, it was built in 1891 as the farmhouse of the large Yarralumla sheep station.
The Royal Military College is at Duntroon and can be visited on Mount Pleasant.
The officers' mess used to be the old Duntroon farmhouse.
The Botanic Gardens and National Herbarium are on the nearby foothills of Black Mountain.
In 1911, the Australian Capital Territory was established.
In 1958, the National Capital Development Commission decided to build two lakes on the Molonglo River as featured in Walter Burley Griffin's plan.
Lake Burley Griffin was created in the early 1960's.
It was followed by Lake Ginninderra in the 1970's.
In 1980, Richard Thorp's designs for a new Parliament House was accepted.
The new Parliament House, on a hill behind the old Parliament House, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on May 9 at the 1988 bicentennial celebrations.

I did like the tree lined, orderly laid out streets.

The new Parliament buildings look a 'beaut'.

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