Glimpses of Canberra



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The photograph in the heading section was taken around 1943 in the backyard of 27 Westlake. The area today is in Stiling Park Yarralumla near the corner of Empire Circuit and Forster Crescen opposite the lower grounds of the Mexican Embassy.  The little girl is me - Ann Austin with pet dog, Uncle Itch.  In the background is the home made garage in backyard of 26 Westlake. 

This web will have excerpts from the history of Canberra between from around 1911 to 1950s.  I have several other webs which are Hidden CanberraCanberra Camps and Early Canberra.  Trish Frei has an excellent web - Canberra History Web

Below May 1927. Provisional Parliament House top centre left - Hotel Canberra top left.  The tent camp was erected for the  Police and probably the army men taking part in the opening of Parliament Ceremonies 9 May 1927. The site is next to Flynn Drive in front of the Chinese Embassy.  The timbered area is the Gura Bung Dhaura (Stony Ground) Hills that are now part of Stirling Park Yarralumla. The cottages centre and right bottom are Westlake Cottages in The Gap. Briar Farm - now the site of the Southern Cross Yacht Club is bottom left.



 Many of the stories that are in this web grew from the stories I was told following the publication of 'The Builders of Canberra 1909-1929.  A revised edition of the book is now being 'done'.  Copies of the drafts can be found on my web, Canberra Camps.