Canberra - 100 year anniversary celebrations

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  • March 17, 2013 12:36 PM AEDT
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Canberra, Australia's capital city marks its centenary with a year of celebrations, shows and events, providing something for everyone.

 

This past week and next week mark a massive bout of celebration in Australia's capital, Canberra, with multiple arts events occurring throughout the city to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

 

 

The decision to make Canberra, and not Sydney or Melbourne the capital city of Australia happened just over one hundred years ago, but it was named officially by Lady Denman (wife of the Governor-General)  on March 12th 1913. The second Monday of March each year is a public holiday throughout Australian Capital Territory, although this year, for its big anniversary, there have been far more events on than just a 'public holiday'. A two week calendar of events around the city was posted on the specially made Canberra100 webpage  for easy access to the variety of activities and celebrations taking place in and around the city.

 

Sheep dog trials, performing arts, motor shows, archery and much more is on offer for the city-dwellers and visitors alike. What makes this even more exciting is that the celebrations and special shows and events are not only being put on just in March for the 'official' anniversary, but are being showcased and celebrated throughout the entire year.

 

 

Canberra is located in Australian Capital Territory, South East Australia, 170 miles away from Sydney and is in fact on the 8th largest city in Australia, with its larger counterparts being Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold-Coast Tweed, and Newcastle. However, part of Canberra's fame, aside from being the country's capital, is from its status as a 'planned' city, with much of the original design for its layout by Walter Burley Griffin. Much of his design input can be noted today, particularly with the geometric influence and patterning. The city is now home to many of Australia's most important monuments and institutional buildings, including: the National Galleries, National Library, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House and the High Court.

 

 

So if you're planning a trip out to Australia this year, or are already there, this year's celebrations in Canberra give an extra reason to pay it a visit. Not only is there much to see and visit on a normal day, but with a year's worth of celebrations, events and displays, there couldn't be a better time to visit!

 

 

Image Credits: Australian Capital Tourism, Tourism Australia Copyright

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