The colourful characters, controversial decisions and milestone moments that shaped the national capital feature in The Keys to Canberra's History, a series of six booklets on that explore Canberra's early history as the national capital.
The series details many aspects of Canberra's early history and uses undiscovered stories and rarely-seen images to portray the turbulent journey from concept to creation of the national capital.
The booklets have been written by three well–known and respected Canberra historians: Dr David Headon, Mr Greg Wood and Mr Ian Warden.
The booklets are available for download:
Download: The Community That Was (PDF - 3.8MB)
Download Maps and Makers (PDF - 4.14MB)
Download Those Other Americans (PDF - 5.53MB)
Download Beyond the Boundaries (PDF - 6.56MB)
A limited number of booklets are currently available at ACT Libraries and Canberra Museum and Gallery. The booklets are free of charge.
Centenary of Canberra History Adviser Dr David Headon has also written two pieces on the history of the original competition held to design the new national capital.
These are available for download:
Download: SNAPSHOTS (PDF - 1.13MB)
Download: THE BRIEF (PDF - 1.05MB)