Canberra Red: Stories from the Bush Capital

Canberra Red: Stories from the Bush Capital


Edited by David Headon, Edited by Andrew MacKenzie

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 206mm x 18mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 174331583X
  • ISBN 13: 9781743315835
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,210,467

Product description

Dragged from the big metropolises of Sydney and Melbourne in the 1920s, a first generation of federal government workers settled into humble red brick Canberra 'govvies' on the brown paddocks of the Limestone Plains. They complained about the cold and the lack of pubs. But over time, like the first pioneers a century earlier, they embraced their new home. They grew fond of the peaceful tree-lined streets of their garden city in the bush, proud of what had been created around the muddy Molonglo River. Canberra Red takes us beyond the elected reps and national landmarks, beyond the neat maps and ubiquitous aerial photographs that are the public face of the planned, political city. Some of Canberra's best known writers reveal what it is that makes their special city tick, and what has become of the grand vision of Walter Burley Griffin and his extraordinary partner, Marion. Including chapters from Marion Halligan, Frank Moorhouse and Andrew Sayers, lyrics from the unforgettable P. Harness, and newly 'discovered' postcards from Walter Burley Griffin himself, Canberra Red is a thoughtful and warm evocation of a city that has come of age.

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Author information

David Headon is a cultural consultant and historian. He is History and Heritage Advisor on the Centenary of Canberra and Advisor to Senator Kate Lundy. Andrew MacKenzie is a landscape architect and Assistant Professor of Design at the University of Canberra.

Table of contents

Preface 1 Learning to Live on the Limestone Plains - Kate Rigby 2 The Long Dinner Party - Frank Moorhouse 3 A City of the Mind - Marion Halligan 4 A Ideal City - David Headon 5 'A Chosen City': Americans in the Capital - Christopher Vernon 6 The View from Mount Ainslie - Andrew Sayers 7 A Great Place to Raise (Australian) Kids - Shanti Sumartojo 8 Cultural Capital - David Nichols 9 Belconnen Mall - P. Harness 10 When Our Ethos Sings - Glenda Cloughley 11 Made in Canberra - Susan Boden and Nicholas Brown 12 Recovery Stories - Andrew MacKenzie 13 Representing the National Capital at Regatta Point - Robert Freestone and Margaret Park 14 Decompacting the City - Jack Lydiard 15 Still Settling the Limestone Plains - Professor Steve Dovers Contributor Biographies Picture Credits