Early Canberra


Scouts visit Canberra 1919

Posted on September 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

In the Canberra 1913 section I have added an article that I found in the Queanbeyan Age dated 1919.  A group of Scouts on their visit to Canberra called first at the Royal Military College at Duntroon.  They describe their tour through the RMC at Duntroon including the various rooms visited and exhibitions and displays.  They also climbed the hill to view General Bridge's Grave. He was the first Commandant of the Royal Military College and was killed in action in the Great War.  His body was the only one to be returned to Australia for burial.  His horse was also returned.  However, one story I was told was that the horse was not returned, but the brother horse substituted - General Bridges grave was designed by Walter Burley Griffin - the original design was modified on the request of the General's wife.


Following their visit to Duntroon the group set off for Canberra but only had time to visit the Power House where they viewed the machines making electricty of the 'city' of Canberra.  On their way back to Queanbeyan - probably to catch the train to Sydney - they viewed the German Concentration Camp then with no people living there. Half of this camp was sold off and buildings removed.  The remaining buildings were converted into accommodation for construction workers - Molonglo Settlement.  The German Gun, known to the locals as 'Big Bertha' was later exhibited at the Molonglo Rail Siding.

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