The making of Canberra

Media release: Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A new guide to archival records about the Australian Capital Territory will be launched this evening at the Australian Society of Archivists conference in Canberra.

Jointly commissioned by the National Archives of Australia and ArchivesACT to commemorate the Centenary of Canberra, Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory was written by historian and archivist Dr Ted Ling. It joins a range of archival guides produced by the National Archives and will be launched by local journalist and writer Paul Daley.

'We have been delighted to work with ArchivesACT to produce this research guide which tells the story of Canberra's development and captures the key archival records of the region,' said National Archives Director-General David Fricker.

'Author Ted Ling spent many long hours delving into the collections, writing historical narrative and compiling lists to reveal the rich history of the ACT. The book is well researched and extensively referenced, a tribute to Ted's commitment to the project. It covers not only the long road to Canberra's development as our national capital but also the development of Canberra as a community, with all the services and infrastructure that families needed to survive and thrive.'

Danielle Wickman, Director of Territory Records, said the guide is an invaluable tool for researchers.

'With listings of records held in the National Archives, ArchivesACT and other collecting institutions such as the National Library, the ANU Archives and the ACT Heritage Library, it is a great finding aid for anyone writing about our region,' she said.

'The release of this guide will ensure researchers have greater access to the many fascinating records that document the history of Canberra and its people.'

Government Records about the Australian Capital Territory is available in hard copy from the National Archives and Canberra Museum and Gallery and can also be downloaded free of charge at

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Contact information

  • Simon Tidy (Assistant Director Communications)
    t 02 6212 3755 m 0432 186 465 e
  • Shaun Rohrlach (Director, Communications and Programs)
    t (02) 6212 3990 m 0434 664 621 e
  • Danielle Wickman ()
    m 0415 553 391
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