Tuesday, August 17, 2010

CANBERRA GETS NEW LAKE

Below is a video of an old newsreel from British Pathe reporting the opening of Canberra's Lake Burley Griffin. Footage in the newsreel includes Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies (1894-1978)(bio) officiating at the opening and some nice images of the Molonglo River. The film reports the lakes dimensions and shows the lakes recreational uses, lake surrounds and buildings after filling in 1964.


CANBERRA GETS NEW LAKE

Title reads: "Aquatic Display. PM Opens Canberra's Lake". Australian voiceovered newsreel material. "BGV Various of large Lake Burley Griffin which is a new main feature in Canberra. VS Fast flowing small river which supplies the lake. VS Australian Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies attends opening ceremony of lake and a special plaque. VS Yachts and dinghies out on the lake. VS At night fireworks." (Comb.F.G.) Old record suggests that material dates from around 25/10/1964.

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