[Laying Of The Foundation Stone (Commencement Column) For The Naming Of Canberra, ACT]
[Laying Of The Foundation Stone (Commencement Column) For The Naming Of Canberra, ACT]
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[Laying Of The Foundation Stone (Commencement Column) For The Naming Of Canberra, ACT]

1913. Pair of vintage silver gelatin photographs, 11.4 x 16cm (each). Slight silvering, each laid down on original backing.

Images show the laying of Canberra’s foundation stones for what was to be the “Commencement Column” on Capital Hill, on 12 March 1913.

Present at the ceremony are the Governor-General Lord Thomas Denman, the Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Andrew Fisher, King O’Malley, and Lady Denman, who officially named the city ‘Canberra.’ “The monument was intended to have a 27 foot high column to signify the Commonwealth, to be mounted on a hexagonal base made of six granite blocks, one from each of the states. Although the column was never constructed, the base containing the three foundation stones was a feature of Capital Hill.” Ref: The Canberra Times, 11.3.1988; Parliament of Australia.

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Item #CL187-103

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  Other currencies

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