Saturday, September 25, 2010

CANBERRA OF THE 'SEVENTIES

The reminiscences of Canberra by a resident in the 1870's. Mr G Percival relates growing up in the area and describes Duntroon as "...represented an attempt to transplant in Australian soil the life and style of the English rural village of that and earlier times" and describing Campbell as it's master. He also relates the story of how Robert "merchant' Campbell (bio) acquired the Duntroon Estate.


This article contains many more tales from Percival's memory including the establishment of the township of Queanbeyan and descriptions of it's townspeople and life in the times...

(It should also be noted that this newspaper article from The Sydney Morning Herald - 11 June 1927 contains racist remarks common in the 1870-1930 era.)






National Library of Australia (here)

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