Show-and-tell walk around unblemished Reid

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A row of two-storey, semi-detached houses, under construction in  Booroondara Street. Photo: Mildenhall Collection, National Library

ON Sunday, November 22, the Reid Residents’ Association is conducting a “Walk Around Reid” to showcase its history, architecture and residents.   

Reid is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs and its largest heritage housing precinct. Named after Sir George Houston Reid, Australia’s 4th Prime Minister, it was gazetted as a suburb on September 20, 1928. Much of its construction occurred before then in 1926 and 1927.

Reid was designed to house middle-level public servants, Ainslie those who could afford slightly less and Forrest for those who were more senior. The suburb’s houses were limited to a range of designs, influenced by related styles of the period – Georgian Revival, Mediterranean and Spanish Mission. 

The walk begins from the Reid Tennis Club at 2pm and costs $10. Book via email at


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