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The Australian Capital Territory came into being on 1st January 1911, and an international competition was held for the design of the capital itself. Finally, an American from Chicago, Walter Burley Griffin was declared the winner. Canberra was named on 12th March 1913 and construction began soon after.

You will soon find that Mr. Burley Griffin, who also designed Griffith in New South Wales, was not much of a straight lines man. Many of the roads in Canberra are circular or semi-circular. He also believed in grand sweeping avenues and using plenty of space, since it was readily available. This means that it is not easy to walk from one place to another in Canberra. Be prepared to use buses, or expend a lot of energy.

Burley Griffin's basic plan remains at the heart of Canberra. He designed a triangle of avenues linking three circles, Vernon Circle in the commercial heart of the city, Capital Hill, which is the centre of the nation's government, and Russell, lying to the east. In the centre of these was to be a lake, with important public buildings to its south, so that the sun, shining from the north, would strike them and cause them to be reflected in the lake. The damming of the Molonglo River in 1964 brought this dream to fruition and Lake Burley Griffin was formed. You can see it now, just a short distance south of the city centre, with its famous Captain Cook Water Jet.

Burley Griffin's Canberra was designed for a population of 25,000. Now the city accommodates 330,000 and it has spread out from its main centre to include four other major conurbations. These are Woden to the south, Tuggeranong even further south, Belconnen to the north and Queanbeyan to the east. Queanbeyan, however, does not lie within the Australian Capital Territory, but is a part of New South Wales.

Lake Burley Griffin divides central Canberra , with the city centre, called the "Civic", on the north side and the parliamentary and embassy area on the south side. National institutions are spread on both the North and South side of the Lake. Many people living in Canberra are employed by the Australian Government or service the Government.


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