9 May, an auspicious date

9 May, an auspicious date

Today, 9 May, is an auspicious date for grand openings in our Parliamentary history: 9 May 1901, the very first Australian Parliament of our newly federated nation was opened in the Exhibition Building in Melbourne by the Duke of Cornwell and York.9 May 1927,...
50 years of carillon sounds ring out

50 years of carillon sounds ring out

Fifty years ago today, on a cold and windy day, Queen Elizabeth II arrived by royal barge on Aspen island, to officially open the National Carillon and accept our much-loved music icon on behalf of the Australian people. The design of the National Carillon was the...
Anzac Day family connections

Anzac Day family connections

On Canberra Secrets Personalised Tours, we meet lovely people and everyone has a story to tell. This is Larry, who was travelling with his wife Lauren, and friends Neville and Marg. They had booked a Canberra Highlights Tours and so we visited the Australian War...
Canberra Secrets Tours hit the mark

Canberra Secrets Tours hit the mark

This article by Phil Brown for the Brisbane News Magazine features highlights discovered during a recent visit to Canberra (just before corona virus shutdown). It is good to focus on what the city has to offer for when we can travel again. Canberra Secrets...
Magna Carta a gem on the Hill

Magna Carta a gem on the Hill

Sitting in a special display case in Parliament House is an original copy of the inspeximus issue of the 1297 charter (an inspeximus issue is basically a reissue of the Magna Carta with amendments). The Magna Carta, Latin for Great Charter, is one of the most famous...