Early Canberra



Posted on October 8, 2010 at 12:20 AM

In the GENERAL section is a new article on the ceremony to unveil the Speaker's Chair in the then unfinished Provisional Parliament House in Canberra.  The politician's who arrived by special train the day before he ceremonies were feted with tours around the city as built at that time.  They stayed at Hotel Canberra after arriving on a train that travelled through the night to reach Canberra.  I am not sure if the railway station built by Mason of Queanbeyan was ready at that time.


There are many stories about the putting together of the Speaker's Chair which includes that of Robert Law of Westlake who kept the glue liquid by putting it at the back of his fuel stove at Westlake.


The House of Representatives where the chair sits must have been sufficienty completed for the chair ceremony in October 1926.  The house of course, like the Hotel Canberra, had central heating - marked contrast in quality of living to the men who lived under canvas or hessian or in the unlined timber dwellings at Molonglo, Acton, Westlake, Causeway, Russell Hill, Riverbourne ect. 

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