History of Canberra and the Region

Archives ACT

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Archives ACT provides access to ACT Government records older than 20 years. Archives ACT; through accessing the individual agency archive repositories brings together archives on requested topics in the Archives Reading Room for researchers. Where practicable copies of archives can be made for a fee.

Canberra the Seat of Government

National Capital Authority

Canberra is not only the National Capital but, as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), it is a self-governing city-state of more than 300,000 citizens.

Canberra Tracks

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

Canberra Tracks is a network of heritage signage that incorporates six self-drive routes leading to many of Canberra’s historic sites. Each sign tells exciting stories from a time gone by and the present day. Canberra Tracks immerses you in the rich tapestry of Canberra’s early beginnings as you connect with the lives of early inhabitants.

History of the Capital

National Capital Authority

Information about the history of Canberra, the Nation's Capital.

National Capital Authority

National Capital Authority

The National Capital Authority (NCA) manages the Australian Government's interests in the planning, promotion, enhancement and maintenance of Canberra. The areas of National Land administered by the NCA include the Parliamentary Zone, Lake Burley Griffin and parts of the foreshore, Anzac Parade and Diplomatic Estates in Yarralumla, Deakin and O'Malley.

Ngunnawal country

National Capital Authority

Canberra is Ngunnawal country. The Ngunnawal are the Indigenous people of this region and its first inhabitants. Learn more about the Ngunnawal people here.

Women in the making of Canberra


Women in the making of Canberra was commissioned by the ACT Women's Consultative Council in 2001 to celebrate the significant contributions that women have made to the development of Canberra. This online exhibition contains links to further biographical and archival resources relating to women included in the original exhibition.

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