Glimpses of Canberra


No 1 Labourers Camp 1924-1927 Capital Hill Canberra

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 9:40 PM

I have posted two new articles on No 1 Labourers Camp which was erected in 1924 on what is now Capital Hill, but in the 1920s was part of Westlake.   The remaining section of Westlake that has not been developed but is in danger of being developed, is Stirling Park, Yarralumla, Canberra ACT.  The site of No 1 Labourers has now gone, but surviving on the part of Capital Hill not developed is one of the dumps of the camp. Some photographs have been added in the section Photographs showing a few items from this dump. A modern walking path now covers a section of the dump, and everytime it rains more of the discarded items come to the surface.   For those who know an earlier Canberra, Hillside Hostel built after World War Two is on the site of the old No 1.

Sadly there were deaths at No 1 - mainly caused by too much alcohol.  The sale of alcohol in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT - now ACT) was banned from 1913.  The ban was lifted following the arrival of public servants in 1927 - the vote taken in 1928. However, because Canberra was officially dry there was perhaps more drunkeness than if the sale had been allowed.

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