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The Making of a Capital

The Making of a Capital The Story of Canberra: Australia's Capital City. T is not given to every generation to witness the building of a Capital City or take part in its creation, and, perhaps, no City was ever built quite like the Capital of the Australian Commonwealth. Most Cities grow spontaneously, or as the result of certain conditions that compel them into being. Canberra did not grow like that; Canberra was deliberately created, and its population lifted out of the nurseries of other cities and just transplanted into the new soil, where, at present, it is in process of taking root. This article is an attempt to introduce this latest civic infant to the older members of the British family. THE PAST. It sounds strange to talk of an infant's past, but to get a true idea of Canberra as an achievement of modern town building it is necessary to know out of what this beautiful city has been created in something like a decade. Dim ages ago, before the advent of the white man, Canberra lay sleeping. Until the Ngarua tribe settled there, no human disturbed the dreaming stillness. Then some hundreds of aborigines roamed the countryside, made bark canoes, sailed the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Baptist Quarterly Taylor & Francis

The Making of a Capital

Baptist Quarterly , Volume 9 (2): 3 – Jan 1, 1938

The Making of a Capital

Baptist Quarterly , Volume 9 (2): 3 – Jan 1, 1938

Abstract

The Story of Canberra: Australia's Capital City. T is not given to every generation to witness the building of a Capital City or take part in its creation, and, perhaps, no City was ever built quite like the Capital of the Australian Commonwealth. Most Cities grow spontaneously, or as the result of certain conditions that compel them into being. Canberra did not grow like that; Canberra was deliberately created, and its population lifted out of the nurseries of other cities and just transplanted into the new soil, where, at present, it is in process of taking root. This article is an attempt to introduce this latest civic infant to the older members of the British family. THE PAST. It sounds strange to talk of an infant's past, but to get a true idea of Canberra as an achievement of modern town building it is necessary to know out of what this beautiful city has been created in something like a decade. Dim ages ago, before the advent of the white man, Canberra lay sleeping. Until the Ngarua tribe settled there, no human disturbed the dreaming stillness. Then some hundreds of aborigines roamed the countryside, made bark canoes, sailed the

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Taylor & Francis
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© 1938 The Baptist Historical Society
ISSN
2056-7731
eISSN
0005-576X
DOI
10.1080/0005576X.1938.11750450
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Abstract

The Story of Canberra: Australia's Capital City. T is not given to every generation to witness the building of a Capital City or take part in its creation, and, perhaps, no City was ever built quite like the Capital of the Australian Commonwealth. Most Cities grow spontaneously, or as the result of certain conditions that compel them into being. Canberra did not grow like that; Canberra was deliberately created, and its population lifted out of the nurseries of other cities and just transplanted into the new soil, where, at present, it is in process of taking root. This article is an attempt to introduce this latest civic infant to the older members of the British family. THE PAST. It sounds strange to talk of an infant's past, but to get a true idea of Canberra as an achievement of modern town building it is necessary to know out of what this beautiful city has been created in something like a decade. Dim ages ago, before the advent of the white man, Canberra lay sleeping. Until the Ngarua tribe settled there, no human disturbed the dreaming stillness. Then some hundreds of aborigines roamed the countryside, made bark canoes, sailed the

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Baptist QuarterlyTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 1938

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