The new booklet gives a detailed account of the 1911-12 design competition for Australia’s new national capital and showcases the four prize-winning entries – and the intense politicking that went on behind the scenes.
The earlier booklets in the set, written by former senior public servant Greg Wood, “Canberra Times” journalist Ian Warden and Dr Headon, were produced in 2009.
Executive Director of the Centenary of Canberra Jeremy Lasek says the booklets were developed not just for secondary students in the ACT and around Australia to interest them in the national capital and its centenary, but also for people wanting to know more about Canberra’s many hidden stories.
“They cover the ‘battle of the sites’ to select the location of Canberra, early maps of the ACT and their makers, the visionary ideas that shaped Canberra and, of course, the story of Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin,” Mr Lasek says.
“This series brings the history of our national capital to life. Stories of the events that led to Canberra’s establishment embrace big personalities and issues, controversies, triumphs and tragedies.
“These stories should be familiar to all of us as Australians who take pride in our national capital.”
Limited numbers of the booklet set are available to interested members of the public. They can be collected on a first come, first served basis from the Canberra Museum and Gallery; ACT libraries (Civic, Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin, Erindale, Dickson, Kippax, Kingston) and the reception area at the Nara Centre, on the corner of Constitution Avenue and London Circuit.