Canberra Red: Stories from the bush capital by David Headon,Andrew MacKenzie

By David Headon,Andrew MacKenzie

'Canberra isn't easily a urban. it's a selected city.' - Marion Halligan

Dragged from the massive metropolises of Sydney and Melbourne within the Twenties, a primary new release of federal govt employees settled into humble crimson brick Canberra 'govvies' at the brown paddocks of the Limestone Plains. They complained in regards to the chilly and the inability of pubs. yet over the years, just like the first pioneers a century past, they embraced their new domestic. They grew keen on the peaceable tree-lined streets in their backyard urban within the bush, pleased with what have been created round the muddy Molonglo River.

Canberra Red takes us past the elected reps and nationwide landmarks, past the neat maps and ubiquitous aerial images which are the general public face of the deliberate, political urban. a few of Canberra's most sensible identified writers demonstrate what it really is that makes their targeted urban tick, and what has develop into of the grand imaginative and prescient of Walter Burley Griffin and his striking associate, 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 considerate and hot evocation of a urban that has come of age.

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