Canberra 2005 Photos from ten years ago

Photos from ten years ago: Canberra

Almost all my photos from August 2005 seem to be from a three day Canberra trip (actually the only time I’ve been to Canberra). I remember it being cold but fun.

And many of the photos are from around the Parliament Houses (old and new).

Old Parliament House:
Old Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

Old Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

New Parliament House. I think this was the approach from Canberra Avenue. Obviously there were works going on at the time.
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

It’s rather impressive up close.
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

At the time there seemed to be pretty free easy access to the top. Can you still go up there?
Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

Inside: the House of Representatives.
House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

The Senate. In contrast to some of PM Abbott’s appearances, only two flags — almost seems unpatriotic in comparison.
The Senate, Parliament House, Canberra, August 2005

A panorama from the roof of Parliament House. Use the scroll bar to move across, or view the large size at Flickr.

A typical Canberra bus shelter. They look funny to this Melburnian’s eyes, but you can’t deny they’d provide actual shelter from the weather, unlike the glorified advertising billboards we often get here.
Bus stop, Canberra, August 2005

This was snapped out of the plane window as we left Canberra. Makes you realise how low-rise it is (or at least, was).
Canberra from the air, August 2005

The Black Mountain/Telstra Tower. Shame we didn’t get a chance to go up there.
Canberra from the air, August 2005

By Daniel Bowen

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6 replies on “Photos from ten years ago: Canberra”

Love the snap of the coat of arms – sort of modern (steel) meets old (aboriginal art).
By the time my kids were 12, they’d visited every state and territory – except ACT. They still haven’t.

Sadly a lot of those bus shelters have been replaced with glass advertising boxes. But they were pretty good; indestructible, and schools occasionally got the kids to paint them.

Canberra used to have laws against billboards etc, I assume the bus stop advertising doesn’t count. Or they changed the laws.

The 1970s brutalist Canberra bus shelter is one of those things of which the best you can say is, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time.’ When dirty, which is usually, they’re an eyesore. Sit down inside, and you can’t see the bus coming. And you NEVER see more than one person sitting (except friends), because people don’t like the sense of enclosure with strangers. They’ll stand in the rain rather rather than enter a shelter where someone is already sitting. They are no longer used.

There were barriers preventing me from climbing the hill to the flag-pole when I was in Canberra for Conflux in April 2013, and big scary notices about penalties for trespass. I was extremely disappointed as I felt all Australians should have the right to trample over our politicians. ;-(

They recently erected fences so you can no longer walk from one side to the other over the top. It’s disappointing, as like Michael Green says above, the whole purpose of it was so the people could symbolically walk over the top of their politicians. Obviously the tables have turned…

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