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Posted by ann gugler on July 8, 2011 at 1:14 AM Comments comments (1)

I have now added a copy of the most recent book - A Story of Capital Hill which outlines not only the general history of the area which consisted of parts  two of the Gura Bung Dhaura (stony ground - Ngunawal) - known to Europeans as Camp and Kurrajong Hills, but also has sections on Early Canberra.  The graphics were carried out by Robina Gugler and editing by Trish Frei.  The second 'book' is revised chapters for Builders of Canberra 1909-1929.  This book was first ...

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A Story of Capital Hill

Posted by ann gugler on May 30, 2011 at 1:24 AM Comments comments (0)

In 2009 I published a book entitled 'A Story of Capital Hill'.  This book is no longer available in bookstores. I have included a copy of the book in this web.  The front cover shows Mr Don Bell (deceased), Ngunawal elder who walked the area of Stirling Park and the undeveloped part of Capital Hill with me. His family camped annually on Capital Hill when he was a young lad.  I have included his family story as told by him, in the book. It was first published in 'True Tales from...

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Early Permanent Housing Lease system

Posted by ann gugler on May 30, 2011 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I have included in the section under Early Permanent Housing - Leasing to 1970s - a booklet that gives a general history of the lease system for city and rural sections of the Australian Capital Territory 1924-1970.  This booklet as well as giving an overview of the leasehold system used in the ACT also has other data that includes the population growth etc.

Stirling Park Yarralumla - Dumps & sites

Posted by ann gugler on April 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM Comments comments (0)

I have posted a number of photographs that show the area of Stirling Park Yarralumla - former Westlake and the Ngunawal area known as Gura Bung Dhaura hills - Stony ground.  The land of the park, which is not a public park but land that can be developed was orginally known as Section 22.  A decade or so ago the eastern side of the park that included Haines Creek which runs through the 'middle' of the park became Section 128 - and was divided into four blocks.  This has been fur...

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Permanent Canberra

Posted by ann gugler on April 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM Comments comments (0)

I have now begun to add the information about early Canberra permanent houses, hotels, and hostels.  In 1921-22 the Federal Capital Advisory Committee (FCAC) built around 70 permanent brick cottages for construction workers in Westridge (Yarralumla), Power House (Barton) and Civic Centre (Ainslie - later Braddon). In 1923 another 16 were built at Blandfordia (Forrest).  When the Federal Capital Commission, headed by the First Commissioner John Butters, took over in January 1925 no f...

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November 2010 no new entries for a month or so.

Posted by ann gugler on November 20, 2010 at 1:24 AM Comments comments (0)

I will begin to add extra information after the Christmas Break and will include in the Newspaper section the 2010 Westlake Newsletter.  The hold up is cost - I will have to update this web to a paid web which will give me more space. In between time there is EARLY CANBERRA and HIDDEN CANBERRA both of which contain a great deal of information about early Canberra.

2CA - Canberra's First Radio Station

Posted by ann gugler on November 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM Comments comments (2)

In the GENERAL  section is an article on Canberra's First Radio Station which began service in November 1931.  It was the work of AJ Ryan and in the article is reference to George Barlin's role in beginnings of the Canberra's first radio station.  It was initially run from Ryan's shop at Kingston and then moved to Molonglo before its final move to Gungahlin.  In this article is mention of the Men's Choir which is an almost forgotten choir.  Another that is forgotten i...

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Canberra's Cordial Companies

Posted by ann gugler on October 28, 2010 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (0)

In the GENERAL section I have added informations about Canberra's Cordial Companies.  The first to build a factory which was for cordials and ice making, was TJ Sheekey of Yass whose logo on the bottles was Britannica with key.  Sheekey bought a block of land at the December 1924 land sales held on Camp Hill and began building towards the end of 1926.  The site was in Mort Street Braddon (then known as Ainslie).  Sheekey had supplied the soft drinks for the ceremony held o...

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Canberra Camps, Settlements & Early Housing

Posted by ann gugler on October 23, 2010 at 10:11 PM Comments comments (5)

This new web site that concentrates on Canberra Camps, Settlements and Early permanent housing reminds the readers that the Federal city was built by men who came from all parts of the country and overseas to build the federal city of Canberra.  The majority in the years between 1910 and 1920  lived under canvas (single men)  and  (married) dwellings constructed with hessian walls and tin roofs.  The FCT was officially dry so that any person wanting to buy alcohol had...

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