The new nation needed a new capital and after much debate and competition the site this was decided upon. In 1908 the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Seat of Government Act 1908, designating the Yass-Queanbeyan area for Australia's Capital Territory. In 1911 the new Federal Capital Territory on the Limestone Plans came under Commonwealth control. In 1913 the name of the new capital was declared to be Canberra and the first sod was turned.
The Library holds a wide collection of material in different formats relating to the creation and development of the new seat of government.
In our Reference collection
You can find the following useful resources in our Main Reading Room. No call slip is required.
- Canberra 1820 - 1913 / Lyall Gillespie
RF 994.71 G478
- Canberra 1913 - 1953 / Jim Gibbney
RF 994.7104 G439
- Canberra 1954 - 1980 / Eric Sparke
RF 994.71 S736
- The long view : a history of Canberra, Australia's National Capital / Lionel Wigmore
RF 994.7 WIG