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Come 'Down Mugga Lane'. Much more than a trip to the tip.
Nick Swain will reveal Mugga and Narrabundah lanes have a surprisingly varied history.
Tuesday 9 April at the Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church Centre, Forrest,
5 pm for 5.30pm start.
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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....

On 1 June 1823 Captain Mark Currie and his exploration party pass through Tuggeranong which he calls Isabella's Plain after the daughter of Governor Brisbane. He goes on to explore the Monaro.

On 11 September 1923 Sir Austin Chapman opens Telopea Park School, the Federal Capital's first new school.

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

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!