Canberra had to fight off quite a few contenders to be declared the Australian Capital. Dalgety, Lyndhurst, Albury, Armidale, Tumut, Cooma, Lake George, Bombala and Orange were also in the running with Dalgety being the favourite. Seems Canberra was the 'dark horse' that came from behind to win the title. I love the quote by the 'Father of Canberra' "...that to compare Dalgety with Canberra is like comparing this house with a 6 X 8 tent."
The Sydney Morning Herald - 26 April 1927
National Library of Australia