Research Guides

A selection of Government publications and reports that provide a deeper analysis of specific government functions.

The 1910s

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Annual Report of Lands and Surveys Branch - 1913PDF 10.0Mb 
Federal Capital City Designs - 1912PDF 918Kb   
Federal Capital: Documents Necessary to Complete Parliamentary Paper No.153 of Session 1914-15-16 - 16th June 1915PDF 12.1Mb 
Federal Capital: Proposed Site at Yass-Canberra - 1909PDF 6.69Mb 
Federal Capital: Report Explanatory of the Preliminary General Plan - October 1913PDF 4.46Mb  
Laying the Foundation Stones of the Commencement Column & Naming the City - 12th March 1913 PDF 2.26Mb 
On the Climate of the Yass-Canberra District - December 1910 PDF 1.29Mb 
Physiography of the Proposed Federal Territory at Canberra by Griffith Taylor - December 1910  PDF 3.57Mb 
Preparation of Competitive Designs for the Federal Capital City - 1911PDF 3.68Mb 
Report of Board Appointed to Investigate and Report to the Minister for Home Affairs in Regards to Competitive Designs - 1912 PDF 3.64Mb 
Report of the Royal Commission : (5) Brick-works at Canberra - 18th June 1917PDF 483Kb 
Reports on the Geology of the Federal Capital Site by E.F. Pittman - April 1911  PDF 2.71Mb 
Seat of Government of the Commonwealth - 27th October 1909PDF 657Kb 
Topographical Map of the Federal Territory 1913 PDF 1.44Mb 

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The 1920s

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Canberra City District Place Names - 20th September 1928PDF 641Kb 
Construction of Canberra - First General Report - 29th September 1921PDF 15.4Mb 
Notice of Intention to Vary the Plan of Layout of the City of Canberra and its Environs - 20th September 1927PDF 974Kb 
Proposed Erection of Botanical Laboratories at Canberra - 1929PDF 15.2Mb 
Report in Regard to the Naming of Canberra's Streets and Suburbs - 29th March 1928PDF 1.89Mb 
Report on the Proposed Construction of Public Baths at Canberra - 6th December 1929PDF 2.84Mb 
Report on the Subject of Transport Facilities Within the Federal Capital Territory - 22nd March 1928PDF 524KbWord 457Kb

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The 1930s

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Botanical Gardens in Canberra by Dr B.T. Dickson - 4th September 1935PDF 4.06Mb  

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The 1940s

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Architectural Section - Housing - Completed Costs of Residences - Part 1PDF 2.64Mb 
Architectural Section - Housing - Completed Costs of Residences - Part 2PDF 3.11Mb 
Memorandum and Articles of Association of Duntroon Dairy Pty Ltd - 1941PDF 5.88Mb 
Preliminary Report on a Plan for the Development of the ACT & Jervis Bay in Relation to the Surrounding Region - December 1945PDF 3.85Mb 
Zoning - Notes on Interim Development by J.B. Redmond - 3rd February 1947PDF 179KbWord 32Kb

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The 1950s

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Audit of Canberra Hostels - 17th November 1950PDF 1.29Mb 
Australian Capital Territory - National Memorials Ordinance 1928-1953 - Street Nomenclature 24th May 1956  PDF 2.58Mb 
Before School : The Story of the Canberra Pre-School CentresPDF 4.36Mb 
Brief History of the Canberra Technical College by R. Bruce Brown - 19th September 1951PDF 2.38Mb 
Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory Annual Report 1953-54PDF 4.63Mb 
Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory Annual Report 1955-56PDF 3.25Mb 
Current Affairs Bulletin Vol.9 No.5 : Your Capital - 3rd December 1951PDF 1.98Mb 
First Lessees of Fyshwick Industrial Estate 1955PDF 702KbWord 5.00Mb
Landscape and Trees in Canberra by L.D. Pryor - 8th August 1951PDF 4.69MbWord 143Kb
Observations on the Future Development of Canberra, ACT by Sir William Holford - 15th May 1958PDF 914Kb 
Old Narrabundah School by J.F.V. Knight - 1957PDF 861Kb  
Planning and Development of Canberra - August 1951PDF 2.39Mb 
Presenting Kingston Shopping CentrePDF 1.76Mb 
Roads & Public Places in the ACT - 14th April 1959PDF 6.14Mb 

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The 1960s

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ACT Omnibus Service - Woden Valley, Deakin & Yarralumla Timetable - 21st October 1968 PDF 1.47Mb  
Belconnen Omnibus Services - 18 March 1968PDF 520Kb 
Belconnen Omnibus Services - 23 December 1968PDF 682Kb 
Building Your Home in CanberraPDF 2.30Mb 
Canberra - Australian Capital - February 1966PDF 1.69Mb 
Canberra Botanic Gardens - October 1966PDF 852Kb 
Canberra, Your Capital - 1961PDF 882Kb 
Non-Standard Housing, Hackett by Dirk Bolt PDF 2.60Mb 
Planning a National Capital - 1961PDF 740Kb 
Planning a National Capital - May 1968PDF 564Kb 
Short History of the Department of InteriorPDF 957KbWord 438Kb
Ten Trees for Canberra Gardens - 1968PDF 1.79Mb 

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The 1970s

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ACT Forests - 1972PDF 5.70Mb 
Beare Eleven by Hedley Beare - 1977PDF 3.94Mb 
Behind the Scenes - 1979PDF 897Kb 
Canberra City Centre 1980 - November 1970PDF 1.37Mb 
Canberra Past, Present and Future - 1972 PDF 5.94Mb 
Canberra... She's a Beauty But... - 1977PDF 1.06Mb 
Canberra Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - September 1971PDF 761Kb 
Design and Siting Controls : Cottage Blocks (NCDC) - June 1975PDF 768Kb 
Forestry in the ACTPDF 954Kb 
Geology of the Tidbinbilla Nature ReservePDF 840Kb 
Googong Homestead 1845-1976 PDF 1.92Mb  
Growing in Harmony - March 1978PDF 0.99Mb 
Introduction to Courtyard Lots - October 1974 PDF 368Kb 
Jervis Bay Nature Reserve : Bird ChecklistPDF 751Kb 
Jervis Bay Territory - April 1978PDF 885Kb 
Let's Talk : MagpiesPDF 555Kb 
Leyland National Bus : Operating Instruction Manual for Drivers - November 1975PDF 1.39Mb 
Narrabundah Regeneration - December 1979PDF 2.13Mb 
Narrabundah Regeneration : Sections 104 to 123 - July 1979PDF 1.14Mb 
Narrabundah Sections 104-120 Visual Survey by Anne Moore & Michael Reeves - January 1979 PDF 6.61Mb 
National Memorials Committee - Agenda - Meeting of the Committee - April 1975PDF 8.40Mb 
New Towns of Canberra - December 1971PDF 2.03Mb 
Proposed Suburb Names of Tuggeranong (map) - 1975PDF 436Kb 
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve 1936-1970PDF 1.29Mb 
Urban Change in Canberra - c1975PDF 732Kb 

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The 1980s

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ACT Administration Overview of Committees 1987PDF 446Kb Word 171Kb
Address of Philip Ruddock MP to the Builders, Owners & Managers Association of Australia Ltd - 28th June 1983PDF 966Kb  
Australian Capital Territory (Electoral) Bill 1988 - Second Reading SpeechPDF 400Kb 
Australian Capital Territory (Planning & Land Management) Bill 1988 - Second Reading SpeechPDF 496Kb 
Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Bill 1988 - Second Reading SpeechPDF 812Kb   
Canberra Nature Park : Ainslie-Majura Trail Guide - 1982PDF 762Kb 
Canberra Your Capital - May 1981PDF 605Kb 
Chief Minister Proud of Her First Hundred Days - 18 August 1989PDF 404Kb 
Lost Karst of Canberra by Mark Butz - August 1987 PDF 40KbWord 115Kb
Population Projections for Canberra 1979-89 - February 1980PDF 640Kb 
A Possible Model for ACT Self Government : A Discussion Paper by Gary Punch - 13th May 1988PDF 1.56Mb 
Some Thoughts on Self Government for the ACT by Senator Austin Lewis - 18th August 1985 PDF 597Kb 
Speech to be Delivered to the National Press Club by the Chief Minister Rosemary Follett MLA - 7th June 1989 PDF 839Kb  
Summary of Principal Features of the Proposed ACT Government - 7th July 1988PDF 851Kb  

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The 1990s

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Declared National Land in the ACT (map) - 20th November 1991PDF 627Kb 
Inquiry into Environmental & Heritage Aspects of ACT Rural Leases - July 1991PDF 4.38Mb 

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2000 & Beyond 

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Development of ACTEW's Records Disposal Schedule - 30th October 2004PDF 2.28MbWord 1.63Mb
Development of the DHCS Records Disposal Schedule - 11th March 2004PDF 1.00MbWord 1.49Mb
History of Australian Federal PolicePDF 160KbWord 558Kb
Pioneers of the ACT Government School System by Barry Price - 20th October 2005PDF 2.36MbWord 612Kb

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