Early Canberra


1928 Canberra Housing Report

Posted on September 16, 2010 at 1:29 AM

The Canberra Times 1928 has an excellent article on Canberra Housing that includes reference to the Governor General's residence at Yarralumla, which in 1928 was not part of the city area.  Construction workers had to be paid a zone allowance of 3 shillings per day. The article also refers to the original purpose of the renovated Governor General's place - that of a boarding school.  The site chosen for the permanent Governor General's residence was Section 22 Stirling Park Yarralumla - on Stirling Ridge.  This site is one of two possible sites for the new Prime Minister's Lodge- The other is Attunga Point, Yarralumla near the Southern Cross Yacht Club.  The sites were chosen in the 1970s and since that time, the importance of the endangered wild flower, button wrinklewort - which grows well on Stirling Ridge and other parts of Stirling Park Yarralumla has been recognised. It is of international significance.


The report also refers to the Secretariat Plan which was to move public servants and other officers required for the running of the Federal Parliament between Melbourne and Canberra during sitting times.  This was changed after the Federal Capital Commission took over.    The article lists the processes that went through in deciding what to build to house public servants and others transferred to Canberra which included Thousand Houses plan in Adelaide and concrete houses in Melbourne before the FCC house was decided upon.  


A number of the concrete cottages were built in Canberra by the Monolyte Company. Their construction workers lived at Red Hill. The original number was to be 100 but it was reduced to 25 that were built in the suburb of Griffith in Canberra.


This article in the CANBERRA TIMES SECTION gives a good overview of the housing built for the public servants and in 1927 as well as the background to their construction.

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