Canberra Camps, Settlements & Early Housing

'Outside Canberra City'

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The Builders of Canberra-Outside Canberra by Ann Gugler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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The focus on Canberra the City began in 1909 with the first survey of the city area.  The people who owned freehold land withing the newly formed Federal Capital Territory which included the area of the sea-port - Jervis and Wreck Bays became leaseholders.  Some chose to leave and others remained. Some of the larger properties were sub-divided and re-leased.  Some former tenant farmers such as the Corkhill's who had land where the Provisional Parliament House stands moved to other sites.  The man who went around the various counry sites on behalf of the Commonwealth to document what was on site and value was Moriarty and it is his notes held in the National Australian Archives which document what was here.  The strip 1913-1915 strip maps of the territory contain his information and are a valuable source for those researching the beginnings of Canberra's local history.

Following is the draft of 'Outside Canberra' for the 'Builders of Canberra 1909-1929.' Because of the detail in this section which will be reduced in the final work, I have divided it into three sections.

Included in the first part is the Jervis Bay, Sussex Inlet etc and Environa which was freehold land near the border of the ACT made ready for development.  Outside Canberra Pt 2 begins with Oaks Estate with an article that includes excellent maps by Karen Williams.

Outside Canberra Pt 1

Outside Canberra Pt 2

Outside Canberra Pt 3