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The Society proudly advises that this new website has received an award by the National Trust (ACT) for making a significant contribution to the conservation of the heritage of the ACT.
The CDHS office is now closed and will reopen on Tuesday 7 February at 11am.
Our first meeting will be on 14 February when we reveal some surprises and curiosities from the nationally significant Tillyard-Wardle collection.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a great New Year.
Stay safe and healthy!

Welcome to the Canberra & District Historical Society

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Canberra and its surrounding district. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Founded in 1953, our Society aims to bring Canberra's unique history to you. The society's objectives include encouraging, collecting, researching, preserving, promoting and publishing the history and heritage of Canberra, the surrounding district and the relationship of the national capital with the rest of the country.

This web site helps you find out about the history of Canberra and district through our unique collection and links to other significant sources.

Use the Search function and the navigation links to access our comprehensive catalogue and the rest of this web site.

We wish you an interesting journey into the history of Canberra and district.

King O'Malley laying the Foundation Stone in 1913. CDHS photo 3737
King O'Malley laying the Foundation Stone in 1913. CDHS photo 3737

Glebe House (above)

Glebe House was the rectory for St John's Church, Reid. It was demolished in 1956 despite the CDHS campaign to save it. CDHS photo 993 (no date).

ACT Heritage Grant

The development of this website was supported with funding made available by the ACT Government under the ACT Heritage Grants Program.

100 and 200 years ago....

In April 1821, Charles Throsby reached the Murrumbidgee River near Pine Island in Tuggeranong.

On 31 December 1921, Prime Minister Billy Hughes removed Walter Burley Griffin from his position directing the construction of Canberra.

For more events see Time Line (Chronology of the ACT) |

Fooling Around in Flannels

This booklet is not for cricket tragics but for history lovers who like some quirky stories. You can view the 68 page illustrated booklet at Cricket on the Limestone Plains or buy a copy at the CDHS office in Curtin for just $5. Reopens 7 February.

Jefferis and Whelen Journal

The Jefferis and Whelen Journal in our collection is listed in the ACT Heritage Register.For more information see the Guide to the CDHS Collection|

CDHS is a Registered Charity

This means donations of $2 or more are tax deductible!