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Did I hear a ghost?
Favorite thing: Probably not, but you can rest (or not) assured that if there are ghosts in Canberra then Old Parliament House would be top of the list of probability.
There are certainly enough photos, paintings and memorabilia to give you an idea what they may look like.
This chamber was a more personalized area than the new one sitting beneath the grassy knoll on the hill behind. King George V even made the trip out from jolly old England to open the building, since we are still subservient to the Mother Country in matters of state.
In this building the real seats of power were in the Prime Minister's Office, the Cabinet Room and the Party Rooms, where much of the wheeling and dealing took place. Anyone who watched the series "Yes Minister" would have a profound insight into what goes on behind closed doors in government.
The green coloured seating denotes the House of Representatives and the red the Senate.
Fondest memory: I was reminded of the War Rooms in London while visiting here. Just as happened there, the premises were vacated and left just as they were when in use, giving generations hence the opportunity to view and get the feel of how things might have been.
The building also houses the National Portrait Gallery in what used to be the Parliamentary Library. All the fittings in here are authentic reproductions of the 1927 furnishings.
An interesting detail is that at the front entrance is where Walter Burley Griffin had the main land axis for the entire design and layout of Canberra. This is where it all stems from.
It's open from 9-5 daily and the web site for more details is www.oph.gov.au
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Favorite thing: Parliament House, National Museums, Science Centre, and the Embassy buildings.
Fondest memory: Taking an early morning brisk walk through Canberra in winter and losing sensation in my face and fingers from the -5C wind chill. Yes, it does snow in Canberra when the temperatures plunge.
Visit the Old Parliament House...
Favorite thing: Visit the Old Parliament House (http://www.oph.gov.au)... When Australia’s Federal Government moved to Canberra in 1927, the Old Parliament House was its first home. Although the building was supposed to be a temporary structure, Parliament continued to sit here until 1988, when the new Parliament House (see above) opened on Capital Hill. This site is worth a visit with the surrounding rose gardens or you can take a step back into history, with guided tours of the building and the intriguing sound and light presentation 'Order! Order! ' The Old Parliament House is also the home of the National Portrait Gallery, where you can meet many of Australia’s most famous faces, as seen by many of Australia’s most famous artists. The vistas from the front looking back to the War Memorial (see further) and from the back looking up to the New Parliament House are equally magnificent…
If you come to Canberra for a...
Favorite thing: If you come to Canberra for a reason, come for its lovely architecture, really some buildings are world class, ashame about the location though.
visit the Parliament...
Favorite thing: visit the Parliament building. And here's a pic of the lovely Parliament lawn....
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