Canberra Snippets

a website by Geri Bryant-Badham

A Very Great City One Day

In his memoir, A Very Great City One Day, well-known Canberra architect, Roger Pegrum, intersperses stories of his family background and personal, academic and professional life, tracing times from his arrival in Canberra as a 10-year-old with his twin brother, Tony (who also became an architect). The family settled into the new Canberra suburb of Narrabundah.  … Read more.

Great Ocean Road adventures

Very popular with many Australians (including Canberrans) and international tourists, Victoria’s Great Ocean Road stretches along the south western coast of the state spanning the Surf Coast (Torquay to Cape Otway) and Shipwreck Coast, further west of Cape Otway. Heritage listed, winding (treacherously so at times) and hugging the coastline, the road was built by Australia’s returned soldiers during 1919-1932, and dedicated to soldiers killed in World War I.  … Read more.

Maestral – Mediterranean Seafood

Fish is a speciality of Weston Creek’s BYO Croatian restaurant, Maestral. And with exquisitely-prepared food, generous servings, friendly staff and low corkage charges, it’s not surprising that it attracts diners from interstate as well as the ACT. Set among a coterie of eateries overlooking Trenerry Square carpark, Maestral’s extensive menu includes fish stew/soup, seafood platters, reef and beef steak (with prawns), scallops, lemon sole, cod, sardines, along with various accompaniments.  … Read more.

A peaceful stay in Huskisson

Around two and a half hours’ drive from Canberra via Tarago and Nerriga across various State Forests that meet the Princes Highway just south of Nowra, the Huskisson Bed & Breakfast (www.huskissonbnb.com.au), is hosted by Kate and Steve, renowned for their hospitality in ensuring that guests enjoy a peaceful break from modern life.  … Read more.

On Fairness

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary, Sally McManus’s book, On Fairness, was launched recently in Canberra by welfare advocate, Dr John Falzon, where Sally outlined the work and achievements of the ACTU and union movement, and acknowledged earlier generations of Australians in securing the employment and social programs enjoyed today.   … Read more.

Mediating democracy: journalism in the post truth age

Distinguished Canberra journalist, Paul Bongiorno, recently presented his views on democracy in Australia in a lecture entitled, Mediating democracy: journalism in the post truth age. This was part of the Forum Series: Whither Democracy, chaired by Emeritus Professor, John Warhurst AO, at Christians for an Ethical Society, Barton (www.ces.org.au).   … Read more.

A sojourn in Wee Jasper

Located 80 km north west of Canberra, Wee Jasper (pop 100) boasts a variety of attractions, including camping and recreational reserves – perfect of course for adventurers and outdoor people wanting to explore nearby caves such as Careys Caves (which has seven chambers of crystal formation) – www.weejaspercaves.com/. Set among a mix of broad acre and grazing properties, Wee Jasper’s other attractions include heritage-listed sites such as the Wee Jasper Bridge over the Goodradigbee River.  … Read more.

Fabulous Japan

A holiday in Japan provides experiences of history, culture, people, natural and urban geography, architecture, food and way of life which contrast markedly with that of Australia. Rather than staying in hotels, a better way to experience “everyday living” may be Airbnb accommodation. Apartments are small, have tiny kitchens and compact laundry/bathroom facilities and little space for entertaining, but generally have all that a tourist needs.  … Read more.

Canberra street libraries

Street library photoHaving been popular overseas for some time, street libraries are now dotting the landscape in many parts of Australia, including Canberra. Books covering many genres are offered free of charge, presented in a variety of containers, such as old fridges, filing or television cabinets or purpose-built cupboards. These mini libraries are a hub for borrowing or exchanging, with no charges, fines or need for a library card.  … Read more.

NGA’s National Picture on Indigenous Art

Reconciliation pic NGAThe National Gallery of Australia celebrated Canberra’s 2018 Reconciliation Day public holiday with various events. A panel discussion about Aboriginal art in Australia featured federal Shadow Minister for Human Services & Shadow Minister for Preventing Family Violence, the Hon Linda Burney; Dr Greg Lehman, research fellow from the University of Tasmania; and highly-respected local Indigenous woman, Matilda House and her son, Paul House.  … Read more.

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