|View of Canberra City from War Memorial|
Whew we are outside the War Memorial at last.
Canberra is odd place, a planned city built from scratch to be the nations capital. The foundation stone was laid in the middle of sheep paddock in 1913 but with wars and the depression intervening things didn't move along very fast until the late 1950s. They started to transfer government departments there in the 1960s.
I joined the influx of young graduates moving in and filling up government hostels in the 1970s, arriving there in 1974 and staying around 10 years. In those days, every one had come from somewhere else and were planning to return to that somewhere else.
In 1974 the population was 180,000 today it is 360,000.