Wednesday, June 13, 2012


One of the early reports on the proposal for Canberra as the Nation's Capital. Titled Canberra "an ideal site" it paints a glowing picture of Canberra. The article begins with a description of the official viewing of the Canberra area from first sight as they crossed over the top of 'Big Hill as the locals called it...

I thought it an interesting read and another to the collection. A section titled 'Mountain Romance' relates the tale of John Tennant, Canberra's first bushranger, a section 'City of Stone' discusses building materials and compares a future Canberra to Rome and finally a section called 'Automatic water' talking up the Cotter system.

The Mercury - Friday 9 October 1908

National Library of Australia


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