Canberra reaches 100 – this is from 1945

Surprisingly this was picked up from a Canadian blog site which described the video as “a 1945 production from Australia’s National Film Board which briefly explains the history of the formation of six states of the Commonwealth of Australia en route to showcasing the planned city of Canberra.” The first excavations began in 1913 so this year has been its centennial. And funny to think now, but one of the reasons it was put so far inland was so it could not be bombarded from the sea, or so the story goes. I loved the sheep in the video. Also very surprised to hear “Advance Australia Fair” as the background music. Very prescient.

A different world.

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27 Responses to Canberra reaches 100 – this is from 1945

  1. stackja

    Canberra was also situated between Sydney and Melbourne. Originally Melbourne, was the central authority the temporary Capital and Seat of Government.

  2. manalive

    I spent an eternity in the joint during about three months in the early sixties working in a government department and because of my low salary grade was billeted in a stalag hostel of decrepit huts with a bunch of boofheads who were almost as annoying as the flies.
    I couldn’t get out fast enough.

  3. stackja

    decrepit huts with a bunch of boofheads who were almost as annoying as the flies.
    I couldn’t get out fast enough.

    Probably old Army huts. The previous tenants could not leave until the war was over.

  4. Rabz

    Thanks for that, Steve.

    A wonderful video about my adopted home.

  5. pseudonym

    Just a thought – we could give Canberra to the French for their nuclear testing program. That way, Canberra could be good for something after all.

  6. Ellen of Tasmania

    Thank you – really interesting. I wish we still spoke like that – and went home for lunch. All very civilised.

  7. H B Bear

    I wonder how much that single non-decision between Melbourne and Sydney has cost the nation in relocation expenses, living away from home allowances, flights and God knows what other forms of add ons. Not to mention isolating tens of thousands of public servants from the major capital centres of commerce, finance and manufacturing.

    Arguably one of the worst decisions ever made. Happy birthday. Have a nice Skywhale.

  8. Brett

    Canberra is without doubt the worst mistake in the Australian Federation and possibly Australian history. Isolating the Federal Government from the realities of commercial life was breathtakingly stupid; and if ever proof of the proposition were needed, one need only look at the insular automatons in the federal public service. Australia would miss not a single solitary one of them.

  9. kurt

    You ‘a different world’ commented reminded me of a remark by my 89 year old grandfather shortly before he died. He said he was glad he didn’t have a long time to go. ‘It’s not my country anymore’ he said. I think it’s that old people who were born and lived their entire lives here now die feeling like foreigners. But apparently our food or something wasn’t interesting enough so our betters decided we had to change the shape of the nation.

  10. Bons

    relocation expenses, living away from home allowances, flights and God knows what
    & Stress Leave – for Public servants? Bring on the tumbrils.

  11. hzhousewife

    Brasília’s inhabitants include a foreign population of mostly embassy workers as well as large numbers of Brazilian migrants. Today, the city has important communities of immigrants and refugees. The Human Development Index in the city is at 0.936 in the year 2000, (developed nation level), and the illiteracy rate is around 4.35%.

    beats Cranberry…..

  12. alexnoaholdmate

    Apropos Rabz:

    Shut. It. Down.

    Fire. Them. All.

  13. Des Deskperson

    For a community that boasts very high levels of education, Canberra is depressingly smug, safe and lower middlebrow, full of people who have retained the tastes, maturity and mental outlook of school prefects.

    Maybe I’ve lived here too long and maybe I should take an extended trip, because I’m becoming convinced that Canberrans, or at least the younger ‘high flier’ male public servants, are evolving into a distinct physical type: tall, stooped, receding hair, chinless, thin but with little pot bellies (even though they all cycle on weekends) and all wearing the same black suits!

  14. .

    Christ. I’ve never really viewed the outside of Mooseheads as civil and genteel.

  15. samuel j

    A lot more cycling than we see today. No helmets too.

  16. Andrew

    Christ. I’ve never really viewed the outside of Mooseheads as civil and genteel.

    I can agree to that from experience :D

  17. H B Bear

    If Canberra was personified it would be Godwin Grech.

  18. Oh come on

    It has overtones of East German propaganda, no?

  19. Driftforge

    Canberra is without doubt the worst mistake in the Australian Federation and possibly Australian history. Isolating the Federal Government from the realities of commercial life was breathtakingly stupid.

    Mind you, it probably has saved us from a great deal of primacy issues, and I don’t know that state government functionaries are that much better than federal ones because they live in the capital cities.

  20. Ellen of Tasmania

    It has overtones of East German propaganda, no?

    Yep. Especially the ‘model public schools’ stuff.

  21. A Lurker

    I love the line from that little film – ‘they are public servants, ie servants of the nation’.

    Doubt they’ve been that for a decade or more. Now they are servants of the Socialists.

  22. Patto

    Population of 12,000 people nearly all public servants in 1945
    What’s the population now ?

  23. Des Deskperson

    ‘Population of 12,000 people nearly all public servants in 1945
    What’s the population now ?’

    About 350,000, of which 65,353 are Commonwealth public servants. This doesn’t include the numerous consultants and other leeches engaged by the Commonwealth under administrative contracts. Nor does it include the 20,000 public servants employed by the ACT Government..

  24. pseudonym

    Dear Ellen of Tasmania,

    Next time you burn your underwear, you might want to take it off first.

    Cheers.

  25. Ellen of Tasmania

    I’m sorry, Pseudonym, but I don’t understand what you’re referencing.

  26. Oh come on

    Yep very totalitarian overtones, Ellen. The bicycles reminded me of North Korean reel I’ve seen. The students doing gymnastics was straight out of that infamous Hitler Youth film, which the East Germans and Soviets aped endlessly and of course the Norks took to insane levels.

    Leni Riefenstahl was nothing if not influential…

  27. Ian pf Brisbane

    Canberra – a good sheep station spoilt

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