Celebration of a Capital City

Canberra Day takes place on or around the 12th of March every year, and in 2016 falls on the 14th. It is the holiday for Australia’s capital city.

The date is used because on the 12th of March, 1913 Lady Denman announced the name “Canberra” for a brand new city to serve as the nation’s capital.

Below, Lady Denman is photographed making the announcement.

800px-Naming_of_city_of_canberra_capital_hill_1913The ceremony for the naming of Canberra, 12 March 1913. Prime Minister Andrew Fisher centre. To his right is the Governor-General, Lord Denman, and to his left, Lady Denman.

Lady_Denman_1913-03-12_Canberra-nameLady Denman scans the slip of paper on which is written the name of Australia's capital, at a ceremony on 12 March 1913.


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