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Old Parliament House
Construction of Australia’s ‘provisional’ Parliament House in Canberra began on 28 August 1923, with a ceremonial turning of the first sod. This landmark event, along with the construction, official opening on 9 May 1927 and day-to-day life of the building, are all part of Mildenhall’s unique record. This set of photographs captures the first 10 years of the building. In Canberra’s early years Parliament House was the social, geographic and political heart of the new Australian capital.
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Royal Visit May 1927. Prime Minister Rt Hon S M Bruce welcoming the Duke and Duchess of York, on the steps of Parliament House.
View from Parliament House towards Duntroon showing road works and landscaping in progress on King George Terrace
View along Commonwealth Avenue from City Hill showing Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, Parliament House and West Block.
Panorama from Mount Ainslie showing Anzac Park, St John's Church, Parliament House, Forrest and Kingston
Group of Empire Parliamentary Association delegates in front of Parliament House. Canberra Boy Scouts providing the Guard of Honour
Pergola in courtyard of Parliament House - Lombardy Poplar trees were planted by Marquis of Salisbury when Speakers chair was presented
Royal Visit, May 1927. Canberra citizens passing the Royal Party on the front steps of Parliament House at the Civic Reception.
Royal Visit, May 1927 - Entrance to Parliament House from the roof showing spectator's stands looking towards Black Mountain
Royal Visit, May 1927. View from front of Parliament House looking east at troops, band, spectator stands and tents. Mount Pleasant in background.
Jimmy Clements (also known as Yangar or Nangar and ‘King Billy’) on the front steps of Parliament House. c.10 May 1927.
Royal Visit May 1927 - Mounted police riding past Naval and Army formations outside Parliament House during rehearsal
Rt Hon S M Bruce, Sir John Butters and Sir John Harrison at Parliament House during Prime Minister's visit 1926
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