This ALPHABETICAL LIST BY SURNAME contains selected works on Canberra’s history. For others, please check the National Library of Australia catalogue, website: http://www.nla.gov.au.
PLEASE NOTE: The books may be in your public, state or national library, second-hand bookshops, the Canberra & District Historical Society or The Heraldry & Genealogy Society, Canberra. Earlier or later editions may be available, check the National Library’s catalogue. Many of these books contain bibliographies for further reading.
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Graeme Barrow, Canberra’s Historic Houses: Dwellings and Ruins of the 19th Century, Dagraja Press, Hackett ACT, 1998.
Graeme Barrow, Canberra Region Car Tours, ANU Press, Canberra, 1981.
Graeme Barrow, 'Magnificent' - Lake George: the Biography, Dagraja Press, Canberra 2012. NEW
Graeme Barrow, Unlocking History’s Secrets: Journeys along Canberra Region’s Heritage Trails, Dagraja Press, Hackett ACT, 2005.
Judith Baskin, Wartime in Canberra: An Oral History of Canberra in the Second World War, National Trust of Australia (ACT), Canberra ACT, 2005.
A.H. Body, Firm Still You Stand: the Anglican Church of St. John The Baptist, Canberra – Its Parish and Parishioners 1841-1984, St. John’s Parish Council, Canberra ACT, 1986.
Frank Brennan, Canberra in Crisis: a History of Land Tenure and Leasehold Administration, Dalton Publishing Co., Fyshwick ACT, 1971.
Canberra Stories Group, My First Home in Canberra: Canberra residents’ memories of their first homes 1920-1990, Canberra Stories Group, Murrumbateman NSW, 1994.
Canberra Stories Group, Tracks Through Time: Merv Edlington’s Tuggeranong, Canberra Stories Group, Murrumbateman NSW, 1997.
Canberra Stories Group, Settlers Stories [1913-1975]: Why they came – and stayed in Canberra, Canberra Stories Group, Murrumbateman NSW, 2000.
Patricia Clarke, The life and times of a Colonial Woman: Mary Braidwood Mowle, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1986 (reprints available)
Margaret Clough, Spilt Milk: a history of Weetangera School 1875-2004, Weetangera School, Canberra, 2004.
John Cope, Boer War Men of the Queanbeyan-Braidwood Region: Adventurers or Patriots?, Ginninderra Press, Charnwood ACT, 2005.
John Cope, Pioneer Parson of Early Canberra: Rev. Pierce Galliard Smith, Minister of St. John the Baptist Church, Reid 1855-1905, Ginninderra Press, Charnwood ACT, 2006.
C.D. Coulthard-Clark (ed), Gables, Ghosts and Governors-General: The Historic House at Yarralumla, Allen & Unwin, North Sydney NSW, 1988.
Rex L. Cross, Bygone Queanbeyan (revised edition): includes biographies on 34 local pioneer families, Queanbeyan Publishing Co., Queanbeyan NSW, 1980.
Rex Cross & Bert Sheedy, Queanbeyan Pioneers-First Study, Queanbeyan Books & Prints, Queanbeyan NSW, 1983. Pocket biographies of 112 pioneers, brief histories of The Oaks, Oaks Estate, Pound Hill, Dodsworth and Irishtown.
Sylvia Curley, A Long Journey: Duntroon, Mugga Mugga and three careers, ACT Government, Canberra ACT, 1998.
Charles Daley (Shirley Purchase, ed), As I Recall: Reminiscences of Early Canberra, Mulini Press in assoc. with Canberra & District Historical Society, Cook ACT, 1994.
E.V. Davies, J.E. Hoffman & B.J. Price, A History of Australia’s Capital, ACT Ministry for Health, Education & the Arts, Canberra, 1990.
Marion Douglas & Fionna Douglas, Not Without My Corsets!: Oral histories of the families who farmed soldier settler blocks in the Woden Valley from 1920 to 1963, the Authors, Canberra ACT, 1996.
Shibu Dutta, The Heritage of Reid, Reid Residents Association Inc., Canberra, 2000.
Anne Edgeworth, The Cost of Jazz Garters: a history of Canberra Repertory Society 1932-1982, Diplomat Agencies, Kingston ACT, 1992.
Glenda Ellis, Our Soldiers: Bungendore & the Great War, Ginninderra Press, Adelaide SA, 2007.
Val Emerton, Past Images, Present Voices: Kingston and thereabouts through a Box Brownie, Canberra Stories Group, Canberra ACT, 1996.
Federal Capital Commission, Canberra: General Notes for the Information of Public Servants, April 1926, H.J. Green, Melbourne VIC, 1926.
Alan Fewster (ed), Capital Correspondent: The Canberra Letters of Edwin Charles 1936-1937, Ginninderra Press, Canberra, 2002.
Monica Flint, To Green the Memory: A story of the Green and Hatcliff Families of Tidbinbilla, M. Flint, Canberra ACT, 1983.
John L.F. Fitzhardinge, Old Canberra and the search for a Capital, Canberra & District Historical Society, Canberra ACT, 1975.
L.F. Fitzhardinge, St. John’s Church and Canberra, (2nd ed.) St. John’s Parish Council, Canberra, 1959.
Josephine Flood, The Moth Hunters: Aboriginal Prehistory of the Australian Alps, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra, 1980.
Alan Foskett, The Campbell Community: the history of the Canberra suburb of Campbell 1957-2008 (and before), A. Foskett, Campbell ACT, 2009.
Alan Foskett, A Home in the Capital: stories about life in Canberra’s hostels, A. Foskett, Campbell ACT, 2007.
Alan Foskett, The Molonglo Mystery: a unique part of Canberra’s history, A. Foskett, Campbell ACT, .
Alan Foskett, Phil Johnstone, David Andrew, On Solid Foundations: the building and construction of the Nation’s Capital 1920 to 1950 – a history of the pioneering efforts of those who built Canberra, Canberra Tradesmen’s Union Club, Canberra, 2001.
Alan Foskett, You May Have Lived Her for a While: a short history of Canberra’s Hostels, Guest Houses and Early Hotels, A. Foskett, Campbell ACT, 2002.
Patricia M. Frei, Canberra, the City on the River: The Austrian Migrant Experience, PM Frei, Canberra ACT, 2005.
Patricia M. Frei, Calamities, Fatalities and Realities: Local and Regional Anecdotes from ‘The Golden Age’ 1860-1864, Queanbeyan NSW, PM Frei, Canberra ACT, 2005.
Patricia M. Frei, Historical Indexes of the Canberra/Queanbeyan District, [4 x CDs], The Heraldry & Genealogy Soc of Canberra Inc., Canberra ACT, 2006. A remarkable collection of research notes and indexes comprising approx. 29,900 records pertaining to the Canberra/Queanbeyan district, transcribed by archivist/historian, Errol Lea-Scarlett, with contributions by the late Bruce Moore (v.4). Fully searchable CDs, in PDF format - comprises: v.1: Bungendore & Michelago NSW; v.2: Council & Court Records, Queanbeyan NSW; v.3: Land & Other Records; v.4: Parish Registers & Burial Records – available from The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra website
Patricia M. Frei, Mervyn Jones and the Capitol & Civic Picture Theatres, Canberra, PM Frei, Canberra ACT, 2008.
Peter Freeman, The Early Canberra House: Living in Canberra 1911-1933, Federal Capital Federal Press of Australia, Fyshwick ACT, 1996.
Gale, Canberra: History of and Legends relating to the Federal Capital Territory of the Commonwealth of Australia…, AM Fallick & Sons, Queanbeyan NSW, 1927 (facsimile: Library of Australian History, North Sydney NSW, 1977).
Lindsay Gardiner, Witness in Stone: The Story of the Presbyterian Church in North Canberra, Verity Hewitt, Canberra, 1958.
Rodney Garnett & Danielle Hyndes (eds), The Heritage of the Australian Capital Territory, National Trust of Australia (ACT), Canberra ACT, 1992.
Jim Gibbney, Canberra 1913-1953, AGPS, Canberra, ACT, 1988.
Lyall L. Gillespie, Aborigines of the Canberra Region, L.L. Gillespie, Campbell ACT, 1984.
Lyall Gillespie, Canberra 1820-1913, AGPS, Canberra ACT, 1991.
Lyall L. Gillespie, Early Education and Schools in the Canberra Region: a history of early education in the region, L.L. Gillespie, Campbell ACT, 1999.
Lyall L. Gillespie, Ginninderra: Forerunner to Canberra, L.L. Gillespie, Campbell ACT, 1992.
Lyall L. Gillespie, The Southwell Family: Pioneers of the Canberra District 1838-1988, Southwell Reunion Committee, [Canberra ACT], 1988.
Ann Gugler, The Builders of Canberra 1909-1929, A. Gugler, Canberra ACT, 1995 (new edition to be published c2013)
Ann Gugler, A Story of Capital Hill, A. Gugler, Canberra ACT, 2009.
Ann Gugler, True Tales from Canberra’s Vanished Suburbs of Westlake, Westridge and Acton, A. Gugler, Canberra ACT, 1999.
Ann Gugler, Westlake: One of the Vanished ‘Suburbs’ of Canberra, A. Gugler, Canberra ACT, 1997.
Hope Hewitt, Canberra’s First Schoolhouse: a social history of Canberra’s First School now St. John’s Schoolhouse Museum 1845-1986, The Schoolhouse Museum Board of Management, Canberra ACT, 1987.
Matthew Higgins, A Century of Learning: Tharwa Primary School 1899-1999, Tharwa Primary School, Tharwa ACT, 1999.
Matthew Higgins, Rugged Beyond Imagination: Stories from an Australian Mountain Region, National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra ACT, 2009.
Ross Howarth, Civilians Employed at the Royal Military College of Australia, Duntroon, from 1911 to 1931, Duntroon ACT, 2000.
Jennifer Horsfield, Mary Cunningham – an Australian Life, Ginninderra Press, Charnwood ACT, 2004.
Meryl Hunter, Over My Shoulder: Growing up with Canberra from the 1930s, Canberra Stories Group, Murrumbateman NSW, 1998.
Mary Hutchison, Developing Images: Mildenhall’s photographs of early Canberra, National Archives of Australia, 2000 – photographs of an early Canberra.
Peter Rimas Kabaila, Belconnen’s Aboriginal Past: A glimpse into the archaeology of the Australian Capital Territory, Black Mountain Projects Pty. Ltd., Jamison Centre ACT, 1997.
Rhonda Kerr, Keeping the Faith, [CD], The Heraldry & Genealogy Soc of Canberra Inc., Canberra ACT, 2007. A catalogue of items donated to and placed within Anglican churches in the Canberra district. Fully searchable CD, in PDF format – available from The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra, website:
Beth Knowles, The Cottage in the Parliamentary Triangle: A social history of the building known as Blundell’s, Canberra & District Historical Society Inc., Canberra ACT, 1990.
Rebecca Lamb, Macquoid of Waniassa: Portrait of a Colonial Sheriff, Waniassa Publications, Wanniassa ACT, 2006.
Erron Lea-Scarlett and Tim Robinson, First Light on the Limestone Plains: Historic Photographs of Canberra & Queanbeyan, Canberra & District Historical Society, Canberra ACT, 1986.
Errol Lea-Scarlett, Queanbeyan District and People, Queanbeyan Municipal Council, Queanbeyan NSW, 1968.
Claire Lewis, On the Back of Two Sheep: a history of George Solomon Webb and his family, pioneer settlers on the Tidbinbilly and Urayarra Runs, the Author, Hackett ACT, 2012. NEW
Louise Lyon, Voices of Old Ainslie: a collection of life-stories from early residents of Ainslie, Louise Lyon, Ainslie ACT, 1995.
Alexander J. McGilvray, The Hallowed High Adventure, Devonshire Press, Surry Hills NSW, 1973 – the story of Catholicity in the Limestone Plains in the nineteenth century.
Mary Machen, Pictorial History: Canberra, Kingsclear Books, Alexandria NSW, 2000.
Ged Martin, Episodes of Old Canberra, ANU Press, Canberra, 1978.
Granville Allen Mawer, Canberra Tales: An Informal History, Arcadia, North Melbourne VIC, 2012 NEW
William James Mildenhall, Images of Early Canberra: Photographs from the Mildenhall Collection in the custody of Australian Archives, AGPS, Canberra ACT, 1993.
Bruce Moore, Burra: County of Murray: a history of Burra in the county of Murray in the Queanbeyan district, B. Moore, Pearce ACT, 1981.
Bruce Moore, Cotter Country: a history of the early settlers, pastoral holdings and events in and around the County of Cowley, NSW, Greg Moore, Lyneham ACT, 1999 (later edition available)
Bruce Moore, The Lanyon Saga: a history of the Cunningham family and the Lanyon, Tuggeranong and Wanniassa Estates in the ACT, Bruce Moore, Pearce ACT, 1982.
Bruce Moore, The Warm Corner: a history of the Moore family and their relatives. Early pioneers of the Queanbeyan/Canberra district, B. Moore, Pearce ACT, 1981.
Eirene Mort, Old Canberra: a sketchbook of the 1920s, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1987.
Allan J. Mortlock, Klaus Hueneke, Beyond the Cotter, ANU Press, Canberra, 1979
Allan J. Mortlock, Gillian O’Loghlin, Rambles around Canberra, ANU Press, Canberra, 1977.
Allan J. Mortlock, Bernice Anderson, Undiscovered Canberra, ANU Press, Canberra, 1978.
Don Mountain (ed), Monumental Inscriptions: Australian Capital Territory including Jervis Bay, The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc., Canberra ACT, 2001.
Dorothy Mulholland, Far Away Days: a history of the Murrumbateman, Jeir and Nanima Districts, Murrumbateman Old School Grounds Committee, Murrumbateman NSW, 1995.
Chris Newman, Gold Creek: Reflections of Canberra’s Rural Heritage, Gold Creek Homestead Working Group, Canberra, 2004.
Roger Pegrum, The Bush Capital: How Australia chose Canberra as its Federal City, Hale & Iremonger, Sydney NSW, 1983 (reprint available)
A. Pender & P. Quiddington, Pialligo: a place in history, Residents of Pialligo, Canberra ACT, 1987.
Kate Power, Lyall Gillespie, Alec McPherson, A Pictorial History of Telopea Park School 1923-1983, Telopea Park High School, [Canberra ACT, 1983]
Peter Procter (ed), Biographical Register of Canberra and Queanbeyan from the district to the Australian Capital Territory 1820-1930, with Bungendore, Captains Flat, Michelago, Tharwa, Uriarra, Hall, Gundaroo, Gunning, Collector and Tarago, the Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc., Canberra ACT, 2001 [out of print]
Shirley Purchase, Canberra’s Early Hotels: a Pint-sized History, Canberra & District Historical Society Inc., Canberra ACT, 1999.
Queanbeyan City Council, Queanbeyan Pioneer Cemeteries (4 x volumes), Queanbeyan City Council, Queanbeyan NSW, 1982+
Fredk. W. Robinson, Canberra’s First Hundred Years, W.C. Penfold & Co. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1924.
W.M. Rolland, Growing Up in Early Canberra: Birthpangs of a Capital City, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst NSW, 1988.
Jean Salisbury, St. John’s Churchyard, Canberra 1844-1998, The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc., Canberra ACT, 2000.
P.A. Selth (ed), Canberra Collection, Lowden Publishing Co., Kilmore VIC, 1976.
P.B. Sheedy, E.A. Percy, Moneroo to Monaro: History of Monaro Street 1830s-1995 Queanbeyan, Queanbeyan City Council, Queanbeyan NSW, 1995.
Leon R. Smith, Memories of Hall, Roebuck Society Publication, no. 14, Canberra, 1975.
Eric Sparke, Canberra 1954-1980, AGPS, Canberra ACT, 1988.
Freda Stephenson, Capital Women: a history of the work of the National Council of Women (ACT) in Canberra 1939-1979, Bateman’s Bay NSW, 1992.
Alfons Stuetz, History of the Jennings’ Germans, A. Stuetz, Canberra ACT, 1986.
Samuel Shumack, An Autobiography of Tales and Legends of Canberra Pioneers, ANU Press, Canberra, 1977.
James S. Udy, Living Stones: The Story of the Methodist Church in Canberra, Sacha Books, Sydney, 1974.
Jill Waterhouse, History Tours in and around Canberra, ANU Press, Canberra, 1980.
Frederick Watson, A Brief History of Canberra: the capital city of Australia, Federal Capital Press of Aust. Ltd., Canberra, 1927.
H.L. White (ed), Canberra: A Nation’s Capital, Angus & Robertson, Sydney NSW, 1954.
Lionel Wigmore, The Long View: a History of Canberra Australia’s National Capital, F.W. Cheshire, Melbourne, 1963.
Karen Williams, Oaks Estate: No Man’s Land, Karen Williams, Canberra ACT, 1997.
Robert Willson, Canberra Cavalcade: Tales of the People and Legends of Southern New South Wales, Mulini Press, Canberra, 1996.
Gwendoline Wilson, Murray of Yarralumla, Oxford University Press, London, 1968. (reprints available)
Ron Winch, Wattle Park 1882-1982: the story of the Wattle Park Uniting Church, formerly Methodist, and it place in the district of Hall ACT, Wattle Park Uniting Church, Campbell ACT, 1982.
Susan Mary W. Withycombe, Lanyon Within Living Memory, ACT Administration/AGPS, Canberra ACT, 1988.
Susan Mary Woolcock Withycombe, Town in Transition: a socio-economic history of Queanbeyan, New South Wales, 1945-1985, the author, [no place, no date].
Bruce Wright, Cornerstone of the Capital: a history of public housing in Canberra, ACT Housing, Canberra ACT, 2000.
W. Davis Wright, Canberra, John Andrew & Co, Sydney NSW, 1923 (facsimile: Library of Australian History, North Sydney NSW, 1977)
Linda Young, Lost Houses of the Molonglo Valley: Canberra before the Federal Capital City, Ginninderra Press, Charnwood ACT, 2007.