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THE FOUNDING OF CANBERRA - VIDEO

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Some wonderful old film footage of the establishment of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory after Federation. Scenes of the yet undeveloped 'Limestone Plains' of present day Canberra and the laying of the foundation stone in 1913. Courtesy the National Film and Sound Archive. (1 min 33 sec)


National Film and Sound Archive
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CANBERRA'S FIRST EXPLORER

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Another clipping about Captain Mark Currie (bio) discoverer of modern day Tuggeranong in the Australian Capital Territory. The 1823 expedition discovered the Murrumbidgee River somewhere around present day Pine Island and named the Tuggeranong area Isabella's Plain before opening the way to the Monaro...
The Sydney Morning Herald - 9 May 1927
National Library of Australia
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TIDBINBILLA BRUMBIES

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Thirty brumbies captured for the 1932 #Canberra Kangarodeo. Interestingly these horses could have been descendants of  several 1830's 'blood horses' that made their escape into the waiting mountains...

The Canberra Times - 19 January 1932

National Library of Australia
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AUSTRALIA DAY 2011

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A few thoughts on Australia Day from me...
Australia Day should be a day of Australian unity, a day where all Australian's, of all foreign nations of origin should unite under one flag to celebrate. However it's not. The day to me is a reminder of division for Australia's original people. 
Our relatively short history is, in this 21st century being competently re-researched, re-studied and re-analyzed. Old accepted, society driven conclusions by un-resourced (by today's standards) Historians are continually being updated with what I describe as Australia's cultural history and truths. These truths show a different history of Australia than the one that I and generations of European Australians were taught. The truth that Australian national unity has been based on are, in someways, society driven distortions over time of the historical truth. A brief rundown of why Australian Aboriginal people call 26th January 'Invasion Day'...
1. The day Captain Cook arrive…

MR WIKENS - VERSES ON CANBERRA

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I thought this poem about early #Canberra delightful. Thank you Mr Wickens...

The Canberra Times - 19 September 1928
National Library of Australia

TUGGERANONG'S DISCOVERY

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A clipping about the discovery by Europeans of Tuggeranong in the Australian Capital Territory. Captain Mark Currie (bio), Major John Evans and the bushman Joseph Wild (bio) open up the gateway to the Australian Alps...

The Canberra Times - 6 June 1953National Library of Australia
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CANBERRA JOTTINGS 1926

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A strange little clipping I thought.Two suicides and a "Chinaman's" off-site interment near St John's Church caused problems for the Federal Capital Commission. In earlier times a person who committed suicide would often be denied burialin a Church cemetery...

Federal Capital Pioneer - 25 March 1926
National Library of Australia
Kirk information here
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TUGGERANONG CREEK BELOW DAM WALL

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I tweeted a few photographs today of a walk I take near the Lake Tuggeranong dam wall. I received quite a few replies asking about the area so I have taken a few pictures and a short video to give anyone interested a feel for the track. It's a nice easy walk with the added bonus of a 19th century heritage drystone wall along the way...

Starting from Athlon drive opposite the Tuggeranong swimming pool we head down towards the spillway of the Tuggeranong Lake dam and enter the Murrumbidgee Corridor and well posted Territory Land:


Looking back towards the Lake Tuggeranong dam spillway after entering the corridor...

The track, which is a gentle walk, winds off toward the Bullen Ranges...

About halfway is a sturdy footbridge crossing the creek that appears to go nowhere... We stay on this side and continue down the track.

The view down the creek from "nowhere" bridge with the creeks banks lush with native pines...

Shortly after we enter the Bullen Range Nature Reserve with the sti…

TUGGERANONG TELEVISION PIONEER

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An interesting snippet I thought of advancing technology in the 20th century. Born at Tuggeranong in 1903 and educated at the original Tuggeranong School Dr. James Dwyer McGee is credited as having been behind the production of "the most efficient television camera in the world."

The Canberra Times - 2 July 1948

National Library of Australia
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CANBERRA - PRONUNCIATION & ORIGIN

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I have read that the pronunciation of Canberra's name was to be decided by however Lady Denman pronounced it at the naming of Canberra ceremony held on the 12th March 1913.

I suppose the most common pronunciation for Canberra I have heard over the years from visitors is Can-ber-rah. Personally my family pronounced it as Can-brah. This article from 1926 concludes with the pronunciation as Canb'ra. Pretty close...

The Mercury - 1 May 1926
National Library of Australia
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GUDGENBY BRIDGE - OFFICIAL OPENING

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The bridge on Smith's Road across the Gudgenby River in the Australian Capital Territory unfortunately washed away in December 2010 however I have found this clipping from 1933 reporting the bridge's official opening placing the bridge at 77 years of age. Interestingly the article mentions the same willow trees, recently cut down and not removed, that may have contributed to the bridge's eventual destruction in the flood.

The Canberra Times - 20 February 1933
National Library of Australia
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DAVE'S ACT STATISTICS DECEMBER 2010

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Happy New Year! and the end of the first six months of statistics on the blog. It was a very wet month in Canberra and thanks to the prompt indexing by a thirsty Google search engine the most popular posts were:

2010 QUEANBEYAN FLOODING NEWS VIDEO - 335 Pageviews
MOLONGLO RIVER FLOOD 2010 - 273 Pageviews
GOOGONG SPILLWAY OVERFLOWING VIDEO - 211 Pageviews
POINT HUT CROSSING IN FLOOD VIDEO - (October) - 73 Pageviews
And an old favorite from May - YARRALUMLA WOOLSHED - 73 Pageviews

The site had an average of  44 RSS Readers via Feedburner (subscribe) and I myself now have 76 followers on Twitter. I have quite taken to Twitter and am enjoying the medium for the links that are shared, the knowledge and opinions of people I follow and the social interaction. So if your a Twitterer @davesact.

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