Thursday, December 16, 2010

CANBERRA'S CHRISTMAS TOURISTS


It's Christmas and I liked this old newspaper clipping. Tourism very early on in Canberra's 20th century history was becoming a big element of the cities life with thousands of tourists descending in the Christmas of 1937 to visit their new capital. "Overnight on Friday a miniature canvas city sprang up on the banks of the Cotter and Murrumbidgee rivers and by Sunday practically all suitable sites for tents were occupied."

The article ends interestingly I think with a report of a tourist seeking a relatives property "out past the Prime Ministers lodge..."  Uriarra.

The Canberra Times - 28 December 1937
(click the clipping to enlarge if needed)


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