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Capitol and Civic Picture Theatres, Canberra ACT

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Excerpts on this webpage are taken from a talk presented by Patricia Frei on the now demolishted Capitol Picture Theatre at Manuka and the Civic Picture Theatre in Civic, Canberra. In the old days they were run by one company. This is part of their story and Canberra's history and you can read it on the Capitol and Civic Picture Theatre webpage.

Twelve Mile House, Coombs, Molonglo ACT

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Some people have asked me to place my research on the Twelve Mile House onto this website, especially since the new suburb of Coombs, in the Molonglo Valley, and basically in Weston Creek, is now being developed with residential homes. I can only assume that the bulldozers have already flattened the area as people are not allowed on the development site. Anyway, if you click HERE, you will find my research.

Bertram Edward Porter-1st Murder Committal in Canberra

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 2:20 AM

This is a sad story from Canberra's Depression years-of unemployment, loneliness, marital rejection, desolation and tragic circumstances. It's the story of an unemployed man, left with his baby son, after his wife, Vera Jofferette Jacobs, deserted him for another man...Rejected by its mother, the baby was adored by its father who, despite his unhappy marriage, wanted reconciliation...She refused, so Bert decided to end it all...with tragic circumstances...READ ON

Obituaries for the Canberra District

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 AM

I am finally getting the Obituaries webpage up. It was formerly 'Canberra People'. It will contain not just obituaries, but also inquests, murders, and anything else that seems to suit. Click on OBITUARIES to see what is there - so far!

TIMELINE-Stirling Park, Yarralumla ACT

Posted on April 6, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Have you walked in Stirling Park and wondered what was there? Have you found any remnants of European crockery, nails, tin, etc.?  The Park is an historical area, where the Ngunawal people camped. It was farmed by early settlers, and again camped upon by hundreds of Canberra's European construction workers. For a European timeline, some walking maps, images and sketch maps Go to...  Walking Maps are HERE.

Captain Edmund Harrison Cliffe of Craven Estate, Weston Creek ACT

Posted on February 11, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Did you know that Captain Edmund Harrison Cliffe was granted land in Canberra? His land included Coppins Crossing, and continued west along the southern side of the Molonglo River, concluding almost at the Murrumbidgee River, at Uriarra. Who was he and where did he come from? He was as influential as Robert Campbell of Duntroon, but what happened to him? and why don't we know much about him? READ MORE...

Bellona - Canberra's 1st statue

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Read  about the Mystery of Bellona, the Goddess of War - and Canberra's first statue, who was promptly dubbed 'Boudicea' by the locals and occasionally found wearing 'women's apparel'! More...  Link also from 'Articles-Essays etc.' page.

Family History Research

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Please note that we do not undertake family history research as we (as do many institutions) prefer people to do their own. 

We do recommend the following institutions & Societies - Links are available from our Links page:

National Library of Australia:

The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra:

- this library is a storehouse for both Australian and Overseas material, including monumental inscriptions, journals exchanged with overseas & Australian societies, directories, local histories etc etc - and heaps of books written on particular families. Thoroughly recommended.

Email: for research service. 

Canberra & District Historical Society:

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

State Records of New South Wales - Online Indexes:

Archives Office of Tasmania

Public Record Office of Victoria