Canberra, the national capital
An article about the history of the Canberra region and the establishment of the city of Canberra. Includes information about the international competition for the design of Canberra which was won by Walter Burley Griffin. Links to relevant online resources are provided.
Comprised of more than 7,700 images on glass plate negatives, the Mildenhall Collection of photographs document most aspects of the foundation era – the1920s to the 1930s – in Canberra’s history as the new capital city of Australia.
As the Australian Government agency responsible for looking after the National Capital aspects of Canberra, the National Capital Authority administers and reviews the National Capital Plan, recommends and carries out works that maintain or enhance the character of the National Capital and is responsible for fostering an awareness of the National Capital.
Old Parliament House opened in 1927 and served as the home of Federal Parliament until 1988. Over time, this impressive building became synonymous with some of the country’s most important moments.
The legacy of the Old Parliament House building does not just lie in the events that took place there, or in the names of the people who walked its lobbies. Every part of this building tells a story. Explore the building, its objects and its stories.