Design and development of the National Capital – Fact sheet 60
After Federation in 1901, one of the first questions considered by the new Commonwealth Government, and the most contentious, was the site for the Federal Capital. The announcement of an international design competition for Canberra in 1911 attracted worldwide interest. Entries were received from the United Kingdom, the United States, Sweden, Italy, France, as well as from South Africa, Rhodesia, Mexico and Paraguay.
The Archives holds many maps, plans, files and reports relating to the design and development of Canberra. They range from the competition plans through to the construction of infrastructure, the first Commonwealth buildings, the slow but steady expansion of the capital during the postwar years, and the building of the new Parliament House.
Images of Walter Burley Griffin's design and those of shortlisted competition entrants can be seen on Design 29 – The 1912 Competition to Design Canberra.