Canberra Camps, Settlements & Early Housing

1930s Canberra

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In March 1930 the Federal Capital Commission ceased to exist.  Sir John Butters left the position of First Commissioner in 1929 leaving the position open for others. 

The FCC was followed by an Advisory Committee with members appointed by the Government and a few members elected by the people. 

The building activities in Canberra slowed to an almost standstill following the opening of parliament in May 1927 and this downturn in available work was compounded by the effects of the Great Depression which lasted until around 1941-1942. 

In 1939 World War 2 commenced and many men went to war.  Building in Canberra did continue, but on a very limited basis.  The lack of permanent housing for those who lived in the temporary settlements and camps could not be addressed until well after World War 2 ended in 1945.

Following are a few articles that draw attention to the problems of the times.

1930 Cheap Housing

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee - New 1930