Canberra turns 100
Canberra is celebrating its 100th birthday on 12 March 2013
Tuesday 12 March 2013 | Public Affairs
Canberra, Australia’s capital city, is celebrating its 100th birthday on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
12 March is the day the foundation stones were laid for a 'Commencement Column' in 1913, and the new Australian capital was officially named 'Canberra' by Lady Denman, wife of the then Governor-General, Thomas Denman.
After Federation in 1901, a site for the capital was sought, and Canberra was selected.
The Australian Capital Territory, where Canberra is located, was declared on 1 January 1911 and an international competition was held to design the new capital city of Australia. The competition was won by a submission from American architect Walter Burley Griffin with drawings drafted by Marion Mahony Griffin.
For more information on the history of Canberra please visit http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/canberra-australias-capital-city.