Bellona, or Boadicea, as the locals called her, lived for while, on the southern side of the Molonglo River, facing the two old Commonwealth Bridges. She was tied to a spot between the two lanes of Commonwealth Avenue where she was abused by university students and sundry others. No one wanted her, so she was shunted from place to place then ended up in a beautiful garden resting near a famous tree.
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 once camped. It was farmed by early settlers, and again camped upon by hundreds of Canberra's European construction workers. This file contains a European timeline, some walking maps, images and sketch maps.
Two benches, or seats, sit back-to-back, some distance apart in the median strip of Limestone Avenue. They are part of our heritage, yet the 'park' they represent, has now diminished in size. Traffic congestion makes it impossible to sit peacefully. But if you did, you would find yourself gazing away from what was originally planted in 1928, when traffic barely existed.